The Military Family Support Group (MFSG) will once again host 23 to 25 wounded Marines from Balboa Medical Center and Camp Pendleton in San Diego who are visiting the Valley for some much-needed rest and relaxation. All of these Marine heros have been wounded in combat either in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Although still recovering from injuries, the Marines are able to travel and will enjoy a respite from the military medical center environment.

They are being brought here by “Strikeouts for Troops,” a nonprofit organization founded by San Francisco Giants Pitcher Barry Zito, whose team trains in Scottsdale. The Marines will be treated to several spring training games as part of their time in the Valley.

MFSG is hosting the March 11 dinner at the El Zaribah Shriners Temple, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix. The dinner and program will commence at 6 p.m.

There will be a $10 donation at the door for all in attendance. Advance tickets can be purchased at

“Strikeouts for Troops,” which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, provides the comforts of home and lifts the spirits and morale of wounded troops during treatment at military hospitals nationwide.

Since its inception, “Strikeouts for Troops” has raised nearly $2 million dollars through contributions from more than 60 professional baseball players, fundraising events, fan donations and corporate partnerships. More information on the group can be found at

More information on the Military Family Support Group, a Valley based organization, can be found at

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