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5-year-old saves baby from peril, dressed as Batman. This is not pretend. It really happened.

He is vengeance. He is the night. He is a 5-year-old boy in a Batman costume, and he just saved a little girl's life.

5-year-old saves baby from peril, dressed as Batman. This is not pretend. It really happened.

According to Yahoo! Parenting, it was a scorching July afternoon when John and Caroline Penny went to the Tesco with their 1-year-old granddaughter, Iris Adamski ... and then accidentally locked her in the hot car.

The Pennys called the police, but the toddler was beyond their reach — and thus, beyond their help.

The good officers did what they could, but their only option was to smash open the back window. And even then, there was no one small enough to crawl inside and retrieve the keys or the child.


GIF from "The Dark Knight Returns."

It was then that Batman arrived, like a beacon in the night. Or at least a 5-year-old boy dressed like Batman.

"Yes, father ... I shall become ... a bat." Photo by SWNS, used with permission.

"That morning [Zavi] decided he wanted to be dressed as Batman, I don't know why," Emma Ahmed, the mother of the 5-year-old hero, told The Daily Mail.

Was it fate or some greater power that inspired Zavi to don the mantle of the Dark Knight on that of all days and for his mother to bring him with her to the Tesco at such a fortuitous time?

The Caped Crusader risked life and limb as he crawled his way through broken glass.

Zavi was the only one around small enough to fit through the car's back window, retrieve the keys, and save the trapped damsel in distress.

GIF from "Batman."

It should be known that Zavi's brother, Nadeen, who was dressed as Superman, stood by and did nothing during his brother's remarkable show of bravery.

GIF from "The All-New Super Friends Hour."

In fairness, it should also be known that Nadeen is 2 years old.

With the innocent returned to safety and justice served, the Dark Knight ... went into the Tesco with his mom.

Zavi Ahmed and Iris Adamski. Photo by SWNS, used with permission.

Presumably, Bat-Zavi and Super-Nadeen returned to the Hall of Justice and spent the afternoon gorging on Aero bars, although our sources can neither confirm nor deny this development.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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