On May 24, Sergeant First Class Nick Lavery, Green Beret Specials Forces, joined the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. The crowd cheered as the wounded warrior kicked off the evening game between the Red Sox and Texas Rangers.
Before that special moment, Lavery stood alongside the Waste Management team to present a $15,000 donation to the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital – Home Base program. Afterwards, Sergeant First Class Lavery joined the Waste Management team in the pavilion suite to watch the baseball game along with his friends and family, including his father, wife and newborn son.
“We are honored to make a donation to the Home Base program and host Nick and his family during the baseball game,” says Area Vice President for New England Chris DeSantis. “At Waste Management, we pride ourselves on hiring veterans and making sure that we provide them with the resources and training to be successful at their job. The Home Base program embodies Waste Management’s drive to empower veterans.”
The mission of the Home Base program is to heal the invisible wounds for post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. Through the program, many military personnel have received multifaceted care and assistance.
Sergeant First Class Lavery was seriously injured in Afghanistan when his Green Beret unit was attacked. Injuries he sustained resulted in his right leg being amputated above the knee. After sustaining his injuries, he refused to be medically discharged and his resolve is as strong as ever. Sergeant First Class Lavery has already served two additional combat deployments and will be deployed again later this month.
Sergeant First Class Lavery is connected to Waste Management through Industrial Account Manager Patrick Milmoe, and his wife Katie who’ve known him since high school. Milmoe working with New England Area Marketing Manager Jack Szymanski, were able to organize the event at Fenway Park.
“It is a privilege to host an evening for such an inspirational individual whose story is one of courage, selflessness and giving,” says Szymanski.