WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In honor of Independence Day and to express gratitude to disabled military veterans for their service, CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox teamed up at Fenway Park for a special batting camp for veterans from across New England.
Through the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp, the veterans received all-star treatment at Fenway Park — working closely with Boston Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, taking swings at the Green Monster and enjoying lunch in the Red Sox dugout. The veterans also were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, as well as tickets to the evening’s game against the San Diego Padres, courtesy of CVS Caremark, in the CVS/pharmacy Family section.
The veterans who participated in the special day at Fenway Park were invited by CVS Caremark through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New England Adaptive Sports Program. The program operates through the VA Boston Healthcare System.
“Creating this special opportunity at Fenway Park is one small way we can honor area military veterans for their service to our country, and we’re excited to celebrate Independence Day with them,” stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “It’s heartwarming to see these brave men and women enjoying a day of fun, camaraderie and one of America’s favorite pastimes. This is our third season of partnering with the Red Sox on this initiative for veterans, and we’re thrilled to offer them this unique opportunity to spend a day in the life of a major league ballplayer.”
Over the years, CVS Caremark has provided charitable support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Fisher House, Operation Military Embrace and the USO. The company has also worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program to identify and hire veterans, and has established a colleague resource group for veterans — called Valor — within CVS Caremark.