Boycott the NFL; ­give money to disabled veterans and wounded warriors



By Michael Hernandez

It is now time to boycott the National Football League.  If the players and owners don’t want to stop disrespecting the flag and the nation—football fans need to boycott professional football and donate the money they save to Disabled American Veterans and Wounded Warriors who fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy as citizens of this nation.

The millionaire athletes and owners say this is about “free speech.”  The problem with that argument is “no one in their right mind” is willing to pay for someone else’s political speech when all they want is an “entertaining sports event.”

Urging Americans to “Turn Off The NFL,” the group America First Policies has added the hashtag #TakeAStandNotAKnee to push the campaign on social media.


The Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 670,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 292,000 benefit claims annually. In 2016, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.

Disabled American Veterans is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible. With almost 1,300 chapters and nearly 1.3 million members across the country, DAV “empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them. Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.”


“We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.”

Those wishing to donate to Disabled American Veterans can do so at:


Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. “On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.”

Surviving the battlefield

With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

A catalyst for change.

“With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, Wounded Warrior Project is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, Wounded Warrior Project is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

For more information:  contact the San Diego office or see the link below:

Wounded Warrior Project

8880 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 900

San Diego, CA 92108

Telephone: 619.981.9642

Fax: 619.222.0215


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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2 Responses to Boycott the NFL; ­give money to disabled veterans and wounded warriors

  1. Phil Erwin September 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    The boycott has already started! Folks are all over the Web burning their team memorabilia, and one guy even burns his season tickets! (Too bad he couldn’t get a refund and donate that!)

    You gents both have great ideas, but of course, the NFL itself or the teams would have to implement the player penalty – Not going to happen, and it would be decried as a Free-Speech penalty.

    Thanks, Michael, for the suggestion and the info.

  2. William Hicks September 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Football players can be penalized for many things. It usually is in the form that affects their bottom line.

    May I suggest that for every knee bowed for political purposes, the penalty should be big and be sent to one of these great organizations supporting our wounded veterans.


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