Ill and Injured Vets Receive Visit from Retired MLB Umpire


The Grand Island VA Medical Center was home to a special guest earlier this week.

Retired Major League Baseball Umpire Larry Barnett used to get into lots of arguments to make a living, and injured and ill veterans at the Grand Island medical center were given firsthand accounts of all the crazy banter.

Barnett has been visiting injured and ill veterans since 1977, and says it's a privilege to bring cheer and encouragement to the men and women who sacrificed so much for the cause of liberty.

"A good friend of mine was the past national commander for the DAV and asked me if I would like to visit some hospitals as I was traveling around the circuit as an umpire. And I thought to myself really how much fun could that be? Well, this is what, 38–39 years later and I'm still doing it."

Barnett makes about 50 visits to VA Medical Centers around the country each year both during and after baseball season.

And like in Grand Island, talking baseball, shaking hands, answering questions and watching baseball blooper reels are usual on the agenda.