Tampa, Florida is set to host this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games; an amazing opportunity for America’s veterans to challenge themselves and each other through a series of athletic competitions.
Participants in this year’s event include members from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and also include members of allied armed forces; including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and more.
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro stopped by the Sean Hannity Show Thursday; urging all Americans to support our veterans.
“The Warrior Games provides an opportunity for our disabled veterans to challenge themselves through athlete competition on the national level and Tampa, with its reputation as a military town, would be honored to show our support for these veterans and their families by hosting the games in 2019,” writes Warrior Games.
“The 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will be hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command and held for the first time June 21-30 in Tampa Bay, Florida. Over 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate in the Paralympic-style competition. The athletes will represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command. Historically, the Warrior Games has also invited international partner nations, and this year, athletes from the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Netherlands Defence Force, and the Denmark Defence Force will compete,” adds the organization’s webpage.
FRIDAY JUNE 21
SATURDAY JUNE 22
Opening Ceremony Closing Ceremony
Sitting Volleyball—Finals Track Wheelchair Tennis Field
Sitting Volleyball Finals
Mountain Bike Demonstration
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26
EGC Cycling (Road Race) MAFB Wheelchair Rugby (Prelim #1) TCC
Golf (Final) EGC Track USF Mountain Bike ARSP Opening Ceremony AA
SUNDAY JUNE 23
Field USF Wheelchair Tennis USF Cycling (Time Trial) Bayshore Boulevard
MONDAY JUNE 24
Archery (Prelim #1) TCC Powerlifting TCC Wheelchair Basketball (Prelim #1) TCC
TUESDAY JUNE 25
Archery (Prelim #2 / Finals) TCC Indoor Rowing TCC Wheelchair Basketball (Prelim #2) TCC
Sitting Volleyball (Prelim #1) TCC
THURSDAY JUNE 27
Pistol & Rifle Shooting (Air Gun — Prelim #1) TCC Wheelchair Rugby (Prelim #2) TCC Sitting Volleyball (Prelim #2) TCC
FRIDAY JUNE 28
Pistol & Rifle Shooting (Air Gun — Prelim #2 / Finals) TCC Wheelchair Rugby (Finals) TCC Wheelchair Basketball (Finals) TCC
SATURDAY JUNE 29
SUNDAY JUNE 30
Sitting Volleyball (Finals) USF Yuengling Center
A NEW LOW: Veteran Forced to Sell House After Being Fined $100 Per Day for US FLAG
An Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners association fined him $100 per day for displaying a 17” American flag in a flower pot on his lawn, reports the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.
This is such a disgrace 😠 Larry Murphree is a proud veteran and should be treated as such! Good for him for showing his national pride! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/hotGbe8qHG
— Thrifty Sue (@thriftysues) July 8, 2018
“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.
“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.
Read the full report at the Washington Post.
AMERICA'S GAME? NFL REJECTS Pro-Veteran SUPER BOWL Ad
The National Football League continued to reach new lows on Tuesday; flat-out rejecting a one-page advertisement in the NFL’s official Super Bowl Program that urged all Americans to “Please Stand” during the performance of the national anthem, reports USA Today.
The ad -submitted by pro-veteran’s organization AMVETS- urged all those attending the big game to remain standing as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out inside the arena. The material was ultimately rejected by the league for violating the NFL’s commitment to avoiding “political statements” in the program.
“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA Today.
“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement. The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game,” he added.
The NFL’s been struggling to come to terms with a disastrous 2017 postseason following months of players “taking a knee” during the performance of the national anthem. President Trump rocketed the issue into the spotlight after he called for a full-fledged boycott of the NFL until league owners demand their athletes remain standing during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’