SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres on Monday launched a military extension to the team's website in celebration of Independence Day and in honor of U.S. service members and veterans.

The extension, www.padres.com/military, offers content geared specifically toward military personnel, their dependents and those who support the U.S. Armed Forces.

"The Padres take tremendous pride in being the first team in professional sports to have a dedicated military affairs department," Padres president Tom Garfinkel said.

"It is our hope that this website will provide all service members and their families, both in San Diego and beyond, with the opportunity to learn more about our efforts and how they can benefit from them. We'd like to thank our partner, MLB Advanced Media, for working with us to make this vision a reality."

The new site is not only an extension to the Padres' website -- it's an extension to the Padres ongoing support of the U.S. Military by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Padres' ongoing relationship with the military community.

Visitors to the new site are able to access and view videos, photo galleries and stories highlighting heroes who have been honored by the Padres. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to submit their own photos and comments to the site, as well as a chance to contribute to the Padres' efforts to create care packages for those serving abroad. 

The website also offers access to special military merchandise and ticket discounts, in addition to the Padres' standard military appreciation ticket pricing.  

A free MLB.com account is not required to view the contents of padres.com/military, but users are encouraged to sign up for an account to receive updates and information geared toward the military.