Paralyzed Iraq War Veteran Stands for National Anthem
Paralyzed Iraq War Vet Stands for National Anthem at Broncos’ Stadium
With cameras focused on NFL players refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem, 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 Star Spangled Banner” sounded on Mile High Stadium’s speakers, Keil raised his specialty wheelchair into the standing position.
Keil 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,” he told NBC4i.