3 Inspiring Movements Americans Do to Honor the Military
Gratitude comes a long way from just expressing your thanks to someone. For the valiant men and women who face unthinkable perils everyday - on top of being away from their families and risking their lives - we can only do so much to let them know that their service is not in vain; that they play a vital role in the freedom we are enjoying today.
This National Military Appreciation Month, let’s look at some ways citizens honored the different branches of the military in a united goal to lift their spirits and remind them of their worth and contribution to society. Who knows - maybe these could spark your very own movement!
American football running back for the California Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) Christian McCaffrey has been doing simple gestures of military appreciation since his rookie year. Growing up with a military background from his father’s side, McCaffrey shows love and respect for the military by personally donating four tickets to random service members for every home game, or treating veterans to the Super Bowl. In the long run, he is looking into top-of-the-line healthcare for troops that come home.
In 2017, NBA team San Antonio Spurs honored the oldest living U.S. veteran, Richard Overton. The then 110-year old served in the Army with the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion and was in the Pacific theater during World War II. Overton received a #SpursSalute: the team and the Spurs Silver Dancers donned camouflage uniforms and honored him with a standing ovation during timeout.
Among many organizations and charities that lend a helping hand to our fallen soldiers or veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project is one of the most notable channels that help over a million injured troops, caregivers, and military family members. Aside from physical injuries, WWP also attends to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain trauma, and other invisible wounds. These people’s transition to civilian life isn’t easy - that’s why we at My Freedom Jersey donate a portion of our sales to WWP. Check out our collections here to give back to our heroes - with patriotic wears to boot!