POSTED Monday, August 4, 2014-- 5:45 p.m.
A retired major league baseball umpire spends his time now visiting veterans across the country. Monday he stopped by Madison.
Larry Barnett's been visiting with disabled and ill veterans since the 70s after serving himself for six years.
He says he's been to every v-a in the country during and after his time in the big leagues. That's about 3,000 visits. Monday it was at the Madison v-a medical center.
Barnett shares his baseball stories and what it was like being an umpire. But he says it really just comes down to sharing his gratitude.
"We've got to say thank you to these veterans. We've got to let them know that we recognize them. We thank them for our service to our nation because what they did the sacrifice they made I was able to have my dream job and that's living in America and they've made us free," said Barnett.
Barnett is heading to Washington D.C. in October for the disabled veterans for life memorial dedication.
Barnett encourages everyone to stop by a nearby VA center just to say hi to these veterans and thank them for their service.