MSA, city partner to help ‘warriors’

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang Softball Association and city of Mustang teamed up to throw $8,595 of help to Warriors for Freedom.

On Tuesday, Troy Schweinberg with MSA and Mustang Parks and Recreation’s Nic Bailey presented the funds to Warriors for Freedom during the City Council meeting. The pair helped spearhead the event, which raised funds to help military veterans and their families, said Scott Deatherage, Warriors for Freedom Foundation vice president of veteran affairs and media relations.

The fundraiser was held in April and was comprised of a girls fast pitch softball tournament. Tournament master of ceremonies was retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan, who was on hand with other Warriors officials to receive the donation.

On Sept. 22, 2010, Dunagan lost both legs and his left arm after his patrol in Afghanistan encountered an IED.

All proceeds earned will benefit Warriors for Freedom Foundation, Deatherage said. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support to military and their families with activities, mental health assistance and wellness, as well as awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and combat stress reaction.

“Oklahoma residents have provided this country with strong military personnel and unparalleled patriotism,” said retired U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido, founder of Warriors for Freedom Foundation.

“The amount of patriotism those young ladies showed does your city proud,” Deatherage said.

For more information about Warriors for Freedom, go online to http:// warriorsforfreedom.org/.