WASHINGTON – Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and Chairman of VoteVets, released the following statement, today.


“We at VoteVets would urge everyone to stop making civil rights protests during the anthem about us veterans and troops. None of the players are protesting the military. Neither the flag, nor the anthem, belongs to veterans or the military, anyway.  It is the national anthem, not the military anthem.  Further, this isn’t the Vietnam era; none of us are getting spit at, or booed.  All of the players, and fans, have shown us nothing but respect, both those who stand and kneel during the anthem. 


For those who care about veterans and troops, we’d urge you to stop worrying about peaceful protests during the anthem, and worry more about a Congress that is about to gut healthcare for millions of veterans who receive Medicaid, and health insurance through the ACA.  The politicians supporting those "repeal and replace" efforts are the ones who are truly disrespecting our troops, veterans, and military families. They’re the ones who are out to hurt us, not kneeling football players.”


Founded in 2006, and backed by over 500,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America. 

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