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25 Soldiers Who Fought For NFL Players' Right To Kneel

"If you think I joined the US Navy so NFL football players can kneel in protest of racial injustice, you would be correct."

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On Wednesday, the National Football League announced that all players on the field must stand for the national anthem or else their team will face fines. The policy is a response to the controversy over players protesting police brutality by kneeling during the anthem.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality by not standing back in 2016, saying "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

And Vice President Pence responded to the new NFL policy yesterday with "#Winning."

Meanwhile, here is how some soldiers and veterans have responded to the controversy:



My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: "those kids have every right to protest."


If you think I joined the #USNavy so NFL football players can kneel in protest of racial injustice, you would be correct. #TakeTheKnee


I’m a Veteran that went on active duty on 9/11. I went to Iraq in 2003. I will fight like hell for anyone to #TakeAKnee. ✊🏾



Served in combat multiple times. I never did anything as brave as #takeaknee Nor as likely to fulfill the promise of "justice for all."



I didn’t serve to defend America’s systems of white supremacy and police brutality. Solidarity with #TakeTheKnee and #VeteransForKaepernick


Wondering how many of the NFL owners are veterans? I'm a vet. People debating #TakeAKnee is exactly why I served. People refusing to allow others to state their opinion is not.



@ShaunKing We kneel out of respect for the fallen. We kneel for injustices. We fought for our democracy. As a 17 yr vet, I did not fight for the flag, I fought for our country and its representation. #TakeAKnee


@writerTQB @StarWarsBill Kneeling is a peaceful demonstration. As a former US Marine; I fought so people could do this very thing!!!! Good for them and yes, hear them out!



I serve so everyone has a voice.



@ChokeOnKek @KoreyKruse @BobbyGBklyn @AnthnyMazzeo @FoxNews @FoxBusiness @NFL My family and I support the protest AND their right to #TakeAKnee !!!! Sincerely, A vet Daughter of a vet Mother of enlisted