If you watched Game 5 of the World Series, as tens of millions of people did, you’d have spotted a familiar blue uniform at the start of the game.
Andrew Cortor, the son of Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Mark Cortor, uses baseball to overcome the challenges of being a military child. He was recently the only player from a Coast Guard family on the San Diego Destroyers, a team comprised entirely of children belonging to military families, during the 2016 Major League Baseball All Star Youth Classic.
“I can relate to these guys on a personal level, dealing with mild Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety,” Somers said. “VETSports allows me to get together with brothers of the military who have been through traumatic experiences.”
Of the Coast Guard’s 8,700 civil servants, 10 percent report some type of disability, and the majority of them are in positions critical to day-to-day operations that protect the American people. This is not a limiting factor in our organization; rather, it is part of the diversity that defines us.
With the World Series now in full swing, many Americans are headed to the ballpark to cheer on their team. Known as “America’s pastime,” baseball is symbolically American. But as long as baseball has been important to American culture, so too has it held meaning for our nation’s servicemembers.
Fireman Efrain Rosa, a member of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater’s honor platoon, plays taps during Lt. j.g. Frank Spatuzzi’s funeral ceremony at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Clearwater Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse, 7th Coast Guard District
As millions of Americans head out to the ballpark to enjoy Major League Baseball’s Opening Day 2011 weekend, Coast Guard Compass brings you the story of a former Coast Guardsman who followed his dream to be a part of the game he loved and became one of professional baseball’s most successful front office men.
This is an excerpt from a feature story written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel. To read the entire story, click here. PHILADELPHIA – Chief Tom Morrison rides the Amtrak train from Slidell, La., to New York, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2010. Morrison is taking a 29-hour ride to see his son, Logan Morrison,