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Family of Fallen Hero, Jonathan Schmidt, to Announce Steeler Draft Pick

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the family of fallen veteran, Jonathan Schmidt, will announce a draft pick in the upcoming draft.

The Steelers chose Schmidt family yesterday to announce one draft pick for the Steelers after Jonathan Schmidt lost his life in the line of duty. The family was picked by TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), an organization that provides comfort, care, and resources to those grieving the death of a military loved one. Schmidt tragically lost his in 2012 in Afghanistan.

Remembering Jonathan Schmidt

During his 10 years of service, Schmidt received numerous rewards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Schmidt was also a devoted Steeler fan for many years, and even brought Schmidt’s family together.

“As someone born and raised in the Pittsburgh area my heart had always bled black and gold,” wrote Natalie Schmidt in her email to TAPS.

Natalie also said she and her husband also planned to go to their first Steeler game together, but ultimately never got the chance to.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a game or do something with the Steelers in his honor,” continued Schmidt. “His stepmom has a hard time dealing with his loss and she and his mom won’t usually partake in events as it’s been hard for them, but I know something like this would really make their day and hopefully feel the love and appreciation they deserve.”

Natalie Schmidt, their son Aiden, Jonathan’s mother Leeann Schmidt, stepmom Tammy Sheaffer will announce the Steeler’s day three draft pick.

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