PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some of the Steelers took time to honor veterans from our area Tuesday night.

“Heroes at Heinz Field” has become an annual event thanks to the efforts of the Steelers and the VA Healthcare System.

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About 75 veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have a chance to throw, kick and catch the ball with the Steelers.

Brandon Rumbaugh stepped on an IED while helping a fellow Marine in Afghanistan. He lost one leg, and lost the other leg up to his knee.

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He says he appreciates what the Steelers are doing: “Today was one of their off days. They didn’t have to be out here, you know, simple as that. Good to know they actually care and they want to come out here and hang out with us a little bit.”

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel says he comes from a military family and this is important to him.

“Laying their lives on the line for us and our great country and all the freedoms that we have here, so it’s a small thing to tell each one of them ‘thank you,’” said Keisel.

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