Veterans weigh in on national anthem controversy

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Veterans weigh in on national anthem controversy

"I mean, I understand what they are saying and I understand what they are doing I just think it's wrong place, wrong time". Would they stand behind the players if they were protesting in a different way? "That's my flag", said Bob Vien, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam.

"The fact that the National Football League managers and owners have not fired these people, tells me the managers and owners support what they're doing", says Army and Air Force veteran, Keith Rothra.

Sportscaster Dale Hansen of Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-whose excellent work we have shouted out before-offered a beautifully strong and clear defense of the national anthem protests on his segment tonight.

"When I was a little girl, my dad was a huge Steelers fan", the woman said.

"It's our right as US citizens", said Rasmussen. "If their protest are not violent and it's peaceful in nature I have no problem with them taking a knee".

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On the flip side many veterans signed up to fight the Constitution of the United States to protect the freedoms so that everybody in this country has the right to express their First Amendment rights. Others raised their fists and whole teams stood with locked arms.

"It reminds me that I belong to a country that might not be the best in the world, but it gives us the opportunity to do whatever it is that we want to do and having that freedom is invaluable to me", said Max Peck, UCSB Military Services coordinator. "If you have a statement to make, you shouldn't be making it with our anthem, or our flag", she said.

Another veteran, CD Segars, spent 22 years serving the country and sees the American flag as a symbol of unity.

"I'm American", Hill says. Could they turn violent?

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