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Shady Spring Football Team Visits VA Hospital

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In the fall, Shady Spring used a team game on the gridiron. Today, the Tigers visited with one of the greatest teams of all-former military members as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Beckley.

"It's really nice to give back to all the veterans because of all they've done for us. And it's nice to see the smiles when we come visit them," said Shady Spring Junior Parker Unroe.

Some sang, others talked about their days serving, but they agreed on one thing, the company is nice.

"We don't have much to do around here some time. When they come through you have to appreciate it," said veteran Stephen Hudson. Hudson is from Northfork, West Virginia.

About 30 Tiger players passed out Valentine's Day cards to the veterans. Their head coach, Vince Culicerto, served in the Air Force.

"I always enjoyed that time of my life. And I've always looked back on it and appreciated it and enjoyed it. To be able to come over here and talk to some old Air Force guys, it's good to show these guys things," Culicerto said about his team.