DETROIT -- Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine announced Cory Gritter of Rockville, Md., as the Tigers representative in the Tribute for Heroes campaign on Wednesday.
The campaign is a national initiative around the All-Star Game to recognize veteran and military service members for their work. Gritter served as a Marine scout sniper before sustaining significant shrapnel wounds from an IED explosion during a mission in Afghanistan. After spending three years recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, he has founded a cyber security company to help transitioning veterans find careers. He has volunteered with Toys for Tots, and he recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for Hire Our Heroes.
Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander was on a guest panel of players and retired service members who helped select the finalists.
Gritter will be included in the All-Star Week festivities and will be honored during the pregame ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16 on FOX beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.