Charity softball game raises money for returning vets

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A charity softball game in New Rochelle Monday raised money for returning veterans.

Despite the rain, New York Life employees took on veterans at Iona Preparatory School to raise money for troops returning home.

Organizers were able to raise $5,000 through Monday's game. 

The funds marked the official launch of the first Westchester Chapter of VETSports. Marine veteran Emil Paolucci is launching the Westchester chapter at his New Rochelle business, Hard Bodies.

There are currently 13 chapters of VETSports along the East Coast and in Texas. B.T. Urruela, of VETSports,  says the nonprofit helps thousands of veterans reintegrate into their communities through sports and community service.

"As a veteran, I lost my leg in Iraq back in 2006. When I transitioned into the civilian world, there were no resources at my disposal to help me get through the PTSD and the physical disability," he says.

Urruela says playing sports can make a difference in a veteran’s life.

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