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Military vet is Yanks' 'Tribute for Heroes' rep

Military vet is Yanks' 'Tribute for Heroes' rep

Military vet is Yanks' 'Tribute for Heroes' rep

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Popovich of Pompton Lakes, N.J., has been named as the Yankees' representative in the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. All of the winners, each representing one of the 30 Major League clubs, will be included in All-Star Week festivities and will be honored during pregame ceremonies leading up to the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field.


Popovich spent his active duty military service with the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Iraq in 2003 as part of the initial airborne force. He has received many military honors, including a Combat Action Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Ranger Tab.

He has spent the better part of the last decade working to make the lives of returning warriors better as a readjustment counselor, organizing dozens of programs and outreach events through his work at a local Vet Center.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.