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U.S. Military Paid Sports Teams for Patriotic Tributes

NBC News reports: “That military tribute you saw at your last pro ballgame — a service member’s stirring rendition of ‘America The Beautiful,’ a surprise ‘welcome home’ celebration for returning troops, a soldier’s ceremonial first pitch — may not have been a charitable gesture by the home team.”  

“Instead, that event may have been paid for by the Pentagon, part of a multimillion-dollar program to promote the armed services and boost recruitment through patriotic events, game tickets, player appearances and other perks.”  

“That initiative was detailed in a Senate report released Wednesday that described the spending as ‘inappropriate and frivolous’ and criticized the Department of Defense for failing to disclose and keep track of such deals.”  

According to : “Over the last four years, the Bills have received $650,000 for this paid patriotism, according to the study. Only two other teams in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, earned more.”

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