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Admiration is a Two-Way Street for Rangers, Iraq War Veteran

Victoria Hare presented Rangers manager Jeff Banister with an American flag Thursday night

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    Admiration is a Two-Way Street for Rangers, Iraq War Veteran

    An Iraq War veteran presented a flag flown in a helicopter combat mission to manager Jeff Banister and the Texas Rangers before their Thursday night game against the Houston Astros. (Published Sunday, June 10, 2018)

    Thursday night the Texas Rangers hosted the Houston Astros in a June regular season game that didn't stand out to most baseball fans.

    But for one Rangers fan, it was a special night.

    Victoria Hare is an Iraq War veteran and a huge Rangers fan. She was back in Texas before she returns to the Middle East for a second tour of duty.

    During her first tour, she had the opportunity to fly an American flag in a helicopter combat mission in honor of anyone she wanted to honor. She chose the Rangers.

    Following the mission, she contacted me to see if I could get the flag to Rangers manager Jeff Banister. When Banister heard the story, he wanted to set up a meeting with Hare so he could receive the flag in person.

    Hare not only met Banister to present the flag, but met the whole team. She also received a custom jersey, an autographed baseball and was recognized on the videoboard during the game.

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