MLB announces A's' 'Tribute for Heroes' honoree

MLB announces A's' 'Tribute for Heroes' honoree

MLB announces A's' 'Tribute for Heroes' honoree

Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine announced this week the 30 winners of the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, a national initiative recognizing veterans and military service members. Corbin Cherry of Hertford, N.C., has been chosen to represent the A's.

Cherry and the other 29 winners will be a part of the All-Star Week festivities in New York City. They'll get a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a VIP reception on the USS Intrepid and an appearance at the All-Star Red Carpet Show in addition to attending the Chevrolet Home Run Derby. Moreover, they will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi Field.

Fans voted online for the 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.

Cherry earned three Purple Hearts, five Air Medals and the Silver Star during a military career that saw him lose a leg while saving three soldiers and a medic while under heavy fire in Vietnam. He also served as the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center chaplain for 25 years, working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cherry played golf on 165 of 166 days in 48 states to raise awareness for disabled people and vets in sports. He also started a wheelchair foundation in 2005 for disabled children in Vietnam, furnishing more than 1,000 wheelchairs and sponsoring more than 60 surgeries and artificial limbs.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.