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Counter-Protest: Paralyzed veteran stands for anthem at NFL game

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A paralyzed Iraq War veteran fed up with NFL players sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem made a statement before the Broncos-Chargers game on Sunday.

Combat veteran Matt Keil was shot in the neck by an enemy sniper on February 24, 2007 in Ramadi, Iraq, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Keil understands the right to protest, and gave up the use of half of his body protecting that right, but thinks the NFL players are going about it in a terrible manner.

“The message that we’re all hoping to send is that not standing for the national anthem does nothing but disrespect every service member and their family members who ever fought for this country,” Keil told KOAA.

So as the Anthem rang out before Sunday’s game, Keil raised his specialty wheel chair into the standing position and put his hand across his chest, and sang our country’s song.

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