Veterans groups criticize NFL player protests

Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 3:53 PM EDT
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The leaders of the nation's two biggest veterans' groups are criticizing NFL player protests during the national anthem.

American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan chided what she called the politicization of sports events. She says the playing of the national anthem should be a time of unity, and that professional athletes who fail to show respect are "misguided and ungrateful."

Keith Harman, the national commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, says the player protests don't "wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms on real battlefields around the globe."

Their statements come after President Donald Trump attacked NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

The American Legion and VFW together represent nearly four million military veterans.