The New York Mets today announced the franchise will salute U.S. servicemen and women with Military Mondays during the 2014 season at Citi Field with complimentary tickets, retail discounts and community outreach events.
The Mets will celebrate the announcement of Military Mondays with Mr. and Mrs. Met marching alongside hundreds of veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project in America's Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. America's Parade is the largest event in the country honoring those brave men and women who have defended our freedom.
On the field, Mets players will wear a new camouflage jersey for every Monday night home game at Citi Field starting April 21 (photo attached and below). During each Military Monday (April 21, July 7, July 28, September 8, September 15) a Mets player will present the "Veteran of the Game" with a team autographed camouflage jersey.
U.S. Military personnel with active or retired military identification will receive complimentary tickets to Monday night games for themselves and up to three guests. For the remaining games outside of Military Mondays, the Mets will continue to provide active military personnel with complimentary admission.
Active and retired military with proper identification will also receive a 10% discount off retail items at Citi Field on Military Mondays.
Military Mondays will also extend beyond the ballpark and into the community. Mets front-office staff, alumni and players will visit a VA Hospital throughout the season to meet the recovering veterans and the dedicated doctors and nurses who care for them.
Military Mondays deepens and expands the franchise's commitment to supporting active and retired members of the military:
- The Mets work each season with Wounded Warrior Project to honor a "Veteran of the Game" at all 81 home games at Citi Field.
- The annual Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field incorporates top military officials, pre-game entertainment, enlistment ceremonies, solider-family reunions and the donation of thousands of tickets to military personnel and their families.
- Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon was a driving force behind the creation of Welcome Back Veterans, which provides Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment to thousands of returning war veterans and their families. Major League Baseball Charities is a founding partner of the organization, which has raised more than $17 million.
- In July, the Mets and Major League Baseball upgraded the VA Harbor Healthcare System's St. Albans Community Living Center to include an outdoor space for residents as part of the All-Star Legacy projects tied to the 2013 All-Star Game.
The new Mets camouflage jersey will go on sale exclusively at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field Friday, November 22.