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Band of Brothers kicks off softball season in Santa Maria

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jun 07, 2019

Central Coast Military veterans from every branch came together for their softball opening ceremonies Friday night.

96-year-old World War II veteran Bindo Grasso threw out the first pitch for the Band of Brothers Softball opening game.

Grasso says the event brought back memories of when he was a pitcher in high school.

The nonprofit organization Band of Brothers has its own softball division that consists of six different teams.

Organizers say the game is a great way to keep everyone together and spread awareness regarding depression and veteran suicide.

“What we do is to keep each other accountable for one another, stay above ground and combat this suicide rate that is going on,” says Band of Brothers President, Steven Baird, “With what we have been able to do, it is working here in our community and we see it as a model for a nationwide epidemic of veterans and law enforcement that are taking their lives.”

The Band of Brothers also honored their first ever spouse of the year.

Ali Bailey, the wife of veteran OJ Bailey, won the best spouse award Friday night. Group members say the award is a great way to honor family members of veterans who normally do not get a lot of recognition.

If you or anyone you know needs help fighting depression, you call their number at (805)-458-0368.