The #VeteransforKaepernick hashtag is is trending nationally: an unfuckwithable response to claims that Colin Kaepernick is disrespecting the military by refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest police killings and the oppression of people of color. Here's how Kaepernick himself responded to the charge when asked by reporters:
I have great respect for men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country and they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. And that’s not happening. I mean people are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up.
Self-identified local vets who've joined the effort include Shaun Neal, Seattle:
Jim Glass, Seattle:
Keith Baker, Bellevue:
Jeffrey La France, Seattle:
Kevin Hockley, Mercer Island:
Jaffy Zaragoza, Seattle: