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Updated Nov 12, 2012 - 7:23 am

Suns honor fighting forces with military night

PHOENIX -- When the Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets Monday night at U.S. Airways center, they'll have some special fans sitting in the front row celebrating Military Appreciation Night.

"We have basically gone to our first row floor seat holders and asked them to donate their tickets so we can give them to active military personnel," Suns President Jason Rowley said.

"It's going to be a really great thing."

The Suns will introduce five wounded veterans at the start of the game, and will be honoring the military the entire season.

"What we're basically going to be doing all season is offering discounted tickets, basically starting at around $15 for anyone who has a valid military I.D.," said Rowley.

"All military families can get the discount, especially those with loved ones now serving overseas."

Rowley has a soft spot for the military -- he served four years in the Navy.

"You learn how to deal with adversity, you learn how to work hard," said Crowley. "You learn how to work together with people from all other walks of life."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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