When Brandon Henson graduated from Arkansas State in December of 2006, he quickly headed to Florida to go to umpire school.
He made his baseball journey, traveling throughout the minor leagues from 2007 until 2015 when he decided to start the next chapter of his life in the U.S. Air Force. Today, Brandon is one of the honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C. In four years, he has participated in more than 1,000 funerals at that sacred ground.
But his passion for baseball and umpiring – not to mention helping others – never wavered. He became involved with the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy and this summer he volunteered as an umpire instructor for wounded veterans. The 12-day experience in Charlotte “was the best 12 days of my life.”
UMPS CARE partnered with the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, inviting 23 veterans from their organization and their families – 83 guests in all – to MLB ballparks in 13 stadiums over the Fourth of July holiday. All of the veterans received goody bags filled with snacks and baseball swag, tickets to the game and memories that will last a lifetime. Some of the veterans even received signed baseballs from MLB Umpires.
Brandon joined us as a guest at our UMPS CARE East Coast Classic golf tournament in October and shared his story with more than 100 golfers in the event. It was a special moment, and we’re proud to be able to share his message with you in this VIDEO created by Greg Presto.
UMPS CARE is proud to partner with the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy.