Monday, April 10, 2017

Magic’s Fan Appreciation Night Afghanistan Veteran Takes Center Court

Orlando Magic, Chase and Operation Homefront Honor U.S. Marine Corporal
Josh Cohen
April 8, 2017
As part of the Magic’s Fan Appreciation Night, Bravo and his family were honored on the court for their military service during Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. They also were surprised with a 55-inch television, a $1,000 check for home furnishings, tickets to Walt Disney World, a bicycle for the kids and a personalized Magic jersey.
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic have made a concerted effort over the past few weeks to share the ball and trust one another. Frank Vogel, his coaching staff and his players recognize the importance of team cohesiveness. In many ways, this is why the Magic rank in the top 10 in assists over the last dozen games.

Through his own life experiences, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal David Bravo has the same attitude and outlook. He knows that good teamwork is critical for success.

Bravo served as an air defense controller in the Marines from 2011 to 2016. Through outstanding leadership and devotion, he rose up the ranks and played a major role while deployed in Afghanistan. He directed fighter aircrafts, helped launch surface-to-air missiles, conducted surveillance and performed tactical air traffic control and data link coordination.

Bravo’s contributions and attention to teamwork never went unnoticed. In fact, shortly after being discharged from the military, he and his family received some incredible news. Thanks to JP Morgan Chase and Operation Homefront, a national organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families and help them thrive, the Bravos were awarded a mortgage-free home in Riverview, Fla. They will move into the new home in July.
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