The Portland V..A. Medical Center will show its' appreciation to all veterans by sponsoring free entry to Vince Genna Stadium for a Bend Elks game on July fourth. V.A. spokesman Mike McAleer says this is the fifth annual welcome home event and the second annual for Bend: "The veterans are all very thankful and very happy that someone recognized their service. That’s what we want to do. We want to make sure that the folks that have come back from serving in Afghanistan or Iraq or other missions throughout the world. And let them know that we're here for them. Part of the event is for us to provide information to veterans on the some of their benefits and some of their entitlements for the service that they’ve given." McAleer says all veterans are invited, and they can get 4 tickets to the game, plus a meal ticket at the stadium, and stay to watch the fireworks after the game. you can reserve your tickets by calling the VA Medical Center at 1-800-949-1004 / x 51920 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.