Bryce Miller: Padres pitcher Craig Stammen honored for support of military, from Afghanistan to Petco Park

SAN DIEGO — In 2012, Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen strapped into a Black Hawk helicopter as a pair of heavily armed Apaches prepared to provide cover for a flight to a forward operating base in war-scarred Afghanistan.The USO trip, an invitation from former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, delivered the most eye-opening chapter of the baseball player’s long involvement with service members and veterans. The region’s deadly daily circumstances revealed real pressure, as opposed to, say, protecting a fragile ninth-inning lead.Nothing framed Stammen’s perspective quite like a comm…

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