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Sept. 11, 2013

Pitt Athletics has teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Veterans Services to welcome over 2,000 active and retired military personnel and their family members to Heinz Field this Saturday when the Panthers host New Mexico at 12:30 p.m.

Through the partnership more than 10 groups will be participating in Saturday's event including the Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Homefront, Pitt Vets, University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), the McGowan Institute and UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine.

"We are excited to team up with the ACC, Pitt athletics, and many great military organizations to put on the `Hail To Our Heroes' game," said Ryan Ahl, Director of Veteran Services at the University of Pittsburgh. "The office of Veterans Services currently supports more than 500 veteran and military-affiliated students throughout the University, and we are glad that the ACC and Pitt athletics are recognizing our service members and veterans."

The Office of Veterans Services helps veterans and their families with transition from military life to university life. Currently there are 540 registered veteran students earning their undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees at Pitt and veterans are enrolled in every school at the University.

Activities to take place include a Colors Salute presented by each of the University's ROTC groups, video messages from special guests and an in-game recognition for all in attendance.

Tickets are still available for this Saturday's game and start at only $15. To your reserve your tickets call the Panthers Ticket Office at 800-643-PITT (7488) or visit

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