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Local Veterans Take to the Field with Patriot Legends

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WGGB) — Some local veterans got the experience of a lifetime Saturday. They got to take the field at the home of the New England Patriots and play football with some legends. They took to the field in true Patriots style, through an oversized helmet.

The Patriots Veterans Skills Camp and CVS Caremark paired Patriots Super Bowl champions with veterans from Massachusetts, Connecticut New Hampshire and Rhode Island. And they worked on their blocking, throwing and kicking skills with Super Bowl champs Patrick Pass, Matt Chatham and Jermaine Wiggins, as well as legend Steve Nelson, who said,  “Today is very special for me to be a part of CVS and their having the veterans here and honoring them for their service to the country.”

On the field, it was all business for these veterans passing, kicking and running routes with Jermaine Wiggins. “They make it possible for us to do the things that we want to do. And so, to go out there and give back in any way possible for me is just a great opportunity because these guys have a lot more courage than I could ever think about,” said Wiggins.

Air Force veteran Michael Shea of Chicopee was one of the 50 veterans taking to the field. He said, “We’re out here in the middle of Gillette Stadium. You know we’re taking our pictures right here in the middle of the symbol, you know, just being here, just looking around.”

And for Army veteran Tim Kelly of South Hadley,  “The most important to me was showboating in the end zone after I scored a touchdown.”

Their unforgettable day at Foxborough ended with getting autographs from the Patriots and even getting their picture taken with Pat Patriot.

CVS Caremark has partnered with the Patriots Skills Camp for the last five years. They’ve always focused on kids, but this year decided to include veterans.

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