Great article on the Colin Kaepernick situation

49ers' Colin Kaepernick sat during national anthem and sparked national debate; what's your contribution?

• And not because she served in Iraq — where she endured the trauma of facing death daily, of guarding entrances with guns bigger than her leg, of trying to cram the spilled intestines of her comrade back where they belong.

• My sister, Oakland native Nicole Hart, started her own nonprofit in Arkansas, ARVets, to help provide veterans much needed basic services.

• The ritual of standing and putting their hand over their heart, holding off on devouring beer and hot dogs, is so sacred because it is all many actually do for veterans.

• What I would give to ensure the young black men I work with, whom I care for dearly, aren’t fatally penalized for a combination of melanin and misdemeanor.

• Because I bet the nearly 39,000 vets who are homeless on a given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, would tell you to keep your stoic national anthem pose.


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