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Old 05-11-2015, 05:49 PM   #1
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Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

The Saints didn't make the list!

The Department of Defense paid millions over the past few years to have 14 NFL teams honor vets at home games, according to a report by NJ.com.

According to the report, $5.4 million in taxpayer dollars were paid out for ceremonies. The DOD paid the Bills a total of $679,000 for celebrations from 2011 to 2014.

The New York Jets also received money for the program, a total of $377,500.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake brought up the issue in a post critical of the "federally funded feel-good moments."

Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets | WHEC.com

Which NFL teams got your federal tax dollars? | NJ.com

"A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:17 PM   #2
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

Geez! Why does the DOD have to fund this? Couldn't teams do it on their own?
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

Our tax dollars at work, wth?
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

On a list of wasted tax dollars, this ranks about 1 billionth.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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On a list of wasted tax dollars, this ranks about 1 billionth.
Still makes the list but it's not worth my time worrying about.
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

WTH did we have to fund this...

There should be no wait, the NFL should have their tax exempt status revoked post-haste...
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:27 PM   #7
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

What's the big deal? "Everybody does it" " They didn't get any advantage from it."

All depends on who's Ox is getting gored doesn't it?
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:44 PM   #8
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What are they charging the DOD for anyway. Hot dogs and beer? Who pays for the SB flyover anyway. This is really stupid. It should be a wash.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:39 PM   #9
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Re: Department of Defense paid millions for NFL teams, including Bills, to honor vets

I don't necessarily take issue with spending tax dollars for ceremonies for the veterans although it does seem a big of a high price tag that could have gone to veteran care, etc. I do however take issue with those tax dollars funding the NFL. I further take issue with the NFL being paid and then being able to make it seem like it was an offer of generosity to the veterans. Glad this got busted up.
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Everything has a price.
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