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Atlanta Braves players, coach visit Fort Benning

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - While they're seen to many as heroes on the baseball field, a group of Atlanta Braves players say our troops are the true heroes, worthy of praise.

On Saturday, teammates Kris Medlen, Freddie Freeman, Jordan Schafer and their coach Chino Cadahia stopped by Fort Benning as part of the annual Atlanta Braves Caravan.

The group chatted with soldiers, shook a few hands, and signed autographs.

An organization called "Operation Homefront" set up the special visit.

Director of operations Myra Ebner says the players just wanted an opportunity to meet some of the men and women who are putting their lives on the line for our country.

"This is a great thing that they are doing here and we're pretty happy to be a part of it and they're the main reason that we have the nation that we have and they always make sure that we're safe, so this is just a little token of appreciation," Cadahia said.

"Just to be able to meet these guys and to be with their families and just trying to bring a little more joy to their lives even though they've got a ton, it's just a great honor and i'm glad to be here," Freeman said.

After their brief stop at Fort Benning, the Braves players and their coach headed to Alabama, where they also held autograph signings at two Academy Sports locations in Montgomery and Auburn.

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