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Syracuse Crunch Set to Host Victory for Vets Night

Richard Carlesco is the President of Victory for Vets (c) Santino Primerano 2018

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By Santino Primerano LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Syracuse Crunch is set to end its regular season at home against the Rochester Americans on April 14. However, hockey will not be the only event going on as the Crunch will also host Victory for Vets Night.

Victory for Vets is a nonprofit organization. There are two parts to their goal, Richard Carlesco, the president of Victory for Vets, said. The first part of their goal is to make people aware of how post-traumatic stress impacts veterans. Victory for Vets also helps veterans “live a more normal life” by providing veterans with a service dog, Carlesco said. Carlesco referred to this overall goal when explaining the purpose of the event.

“The purpose is to make awareness, again, with people about Victory for Vets and what our purpose is, which is raising awareness about post-traumatic stress,” he said.

The volunteers for Victory for Vets will be at the event. They will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the organization, Carlesco said. Victory for Vets will also hand out flyers to raise awareness.

Carlesco said the Crunch reached out to the organization.

“Syracuse Crunch contacted us,” he said. “They had heard about our organization, and they offered to have us come down.”

The event at the Crunch game will be Victory for Vets’ second this year. Victory for Vets had a chili cook-off earlier this year and has three more events scheduled.

Carlesco said he wants people to know that the money they raise goes to the events and veterans.

Victory for Vets is selling event tickets for $20, and $6 from each ticket will go to them. There are still tickets available, Carlesco said.