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Navy veteran receives new car at Royals game on Monday

The Royals make it a priorty to acknowledge the men and women who serve in the armed forces. At each home game, the team honors one such person, and that usually draws a hearty round of applause at Kauffman Stadium.

So Angela Ligason, a former Navy supply petty officer, probably wasn’t surprised that she was going to be honored at Monday’s Royals-A’s game. Before she arrived at Kauffman Stadium, Ligason knew she would be on the field and be recognized for her service.

But Ligason wasn’t expected to receive a new car. But that’s what happened as the local Chevy dealers and AMVETS Post 181 teamed to give her a new Chevrolet Malibu. She was given an oversize cardboard key on the field in the first inning.

According to a news release, Ligason was born in Kansas City and grew up in Grandview. She joined the Navy in 1993 and served at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., and on the USS Emory S. Land.

While serving, Ligason was awarded a Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon, a National Defense Service Medal and other honors.

“This presentation and event is about honoring one of our local heroes who has sacrificed so much to provide us our freedom,” John McCarthy, president of the Kansas City Chevy Dealers, said in a news release. “It takes great partners like the American Veterans, the Kansas City Royals and our local Chevy dealerships to help take care of our brave heroes, tell their stories and promote the Foundation so they can continue to help veterans in need.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff