KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Game One of the World Series is a very special event for military veterans and their families.
On Tuesday afternoon, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and a host of military dignitaries, gathered at the Kansas City VA Medical Center honor annex to pay tribute to the men and women who served this nation.
Veterans and military families say they're honored to have the Kansas City Royals recognize their work and the sacrifices they've made to serve this country.
Since 2008 Major League Baseball has spent $30 million to support non-profit agencies and hospitals that provide services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Many vets say they're happy and surprised the Royals decided to dedicate game one of the World Series to them and their families.
“It's very important. Veterans and their families are on the forefront of this country every day, whatever it takes. They are called out to go anywhere they're asked and never complaining, always serving,” said Army Veteran Pedro Sotello.
Sotello was selected to throw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s game. He said when he throws out that pitch he'll be thinking about the men and women who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.