The cameras have recently been focused on the NFL players protesting during the national anthem, but an Iraq war veteran wants to be seen standing proudly.
NBC4i reports Matt Keil, paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper’s bullet, got together with friends and family outside Mile High Stadium in Denver for Sunday’s San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos game to honor the national anthem.
As the strains of the national anthem could be heard from the stadium loudspeakers, Keil raised his specialty wheelchair into the standing position.
Keil, who lives in Parker, understands why NFL players are protesting, but he wants them to to protest in a way that does not disrespect service members and their families.
“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.”