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This veteran's wife poured her heart out - and gave her husband a once-in-a-lifetime chance

Astros First Pitch

It all started with a letter.

“Jon will be retiring from the U.S. Air Force July 1, 2018, after 20 years of active duty service,” wrote Jennifer Sullivan. “He has been on 7 deployments and a 1-year remote tour throughout his career, spending a total of 1,210 days away from our daughter Isabelle.”

When Jennifer Sullivan heard that the Houston Astros wanted a veteran to throw out the opening pitch at Military Appreciation Night, sponsored by Whataburger, she took the opportunity to nominate her husband, Master Sergeant Jon Sullivan of Katy, Texas.

A retired veteran, a selfless father and a huge Astros fan, Jon was the perfect candidate.

“Hardworking, dedicated, selfless, and determined are just a few words to describe my husband,” she wrote. “He does whatever he can to help anyone especially his family.”

Jon and Jennifer are the parents of 11-year-old Isabelle and 2-year-old Brayden, both of whom were on hand the night of July 5 when their father walked out to the pitcher’s mound to open the game against the Chicago White Sox.


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