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Colts players and local students give thanks to those who have served our country

In honor of Veterans Day, Colts TE Mike McNeill and G Matt Murphy teamed up with fifth and sixth graders at Wendell Phillips School #63 on Nov. 8 to decorate footballs and assemble care packages for patients at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

McNeill, Murphy and the students wrote messages of encouragement and expressed thanks for the veterans' service on 200 footballs.  Colts Community Spokesperson Josh Bleill also spoke to the students about his experience as a Marine and the importance that positive messages play in the recovery process for veterans. 

That afternoon Colts DB Mike Holmes, OG Seth Olsen, WR Jeremy Ross, mascot Blue and five School 63 students visited the VA Medical Center to distribute the care packages and personally thank the veterans for their service to our country.

About Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

Since 1932 the VA Medical Center has been serving veterans, providing acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Each year, the Center cares for more than 53,000 patients.   

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This event was part of the Colts Community Tuesday programs, supported by WTHR Channel 13.

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