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Bucs mark Veterans' Day with VA visit



For Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, few causes are as near and dear as paying tribute to members of the armed forces.

Having had three generations of family members serve in the military, dating to World War I, Dominik has made honoring service men and women a central mission since taking the GM post in 2009.

That effort continued today when Dominik and four of his star players met with veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, spending 90 minutes with patients during an ice cream social in the spinal cord injury unit of the facility.

Dominik was joined by quarterback Josh Freeman, tight end Kellen Winslow, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Quincy Black, sharing stories, posing for photos and answering questions from curious patients. It was a small effort that meant a great deal to those impacted. Conversely, Dominik and the players were touched by the visit, too.

"You always continue to remind yourself of all the sacrifices our men and women have made," Dominik said. "But I still think it's great for everyone to come and see for themselves."

Dominik admired the spirit of the patients, many of whom were confined to wheelchairs because of combat injuries.

"Everyone in here sees the next day and being a better day," Dominik said. "That's why what they do here is so great. You can't help but admire their determination."

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:37pm]


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