The NFL is proud to kick off Salute to Service, the league's year-round effort to honor, empower and connect with our nation's service members, veterans and their families. Throughout November, the NFL family, including all 32 clubs and their players, will support and thank those who have served and continue to serve. Salute to Service will be highlighted in games during Weeks 9-11 and throughout additional special events led by the league and its clubs.
Since 2011, more than $66 million has been raised for the Salute to Service partners to support and uplift our nation's military community through resources, programming, recognition and unique experiences in the United States and across the world.
“We are grateful for the men and women serving in our armed forces for the many sacrifices they make every day while defending our country. Their courage and dedication assure us so many important freedoms, and the opportunity to enjoy a little football," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Throughout the last 12 years, Salute to Service has allowed the NFL family to convey our thanks to service members, veterans and their families and support organizations within the military community across the world. The NFL is proud to highlight those who have served and currently serve our country."
In partnership with five core Salute to Service partners — the Pat Tillman Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, United Service Organizations, Bob Woodruff Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project — the NFL aims to positively impact the lives of many in the military community.
Together with Salute to Service partners and league sponsors, the NFL has continued to focus on strengthening the connection between the NFL family and military community.
Official NFL Salute to Service partner USAA has honored and appreciated active-duty military, veterans and their families since 2011 by creating exclusive opportunities that bring the military community and the NFL closer together on a year-round basis. Among multiple events, USAA hosted NFL boot camps during training camp where military members competed in drills. Ahead of Veterans Day, USAA is also organizing NFL club visits to various military installations.
For the past six seasons, the NFL and TAPS, which provides care for the families of America's fallen military heroes, have hosted an exclusive experience for surviving military families during the NFL's London series. Six families from the United States and six families from the United Kingdom were welcomed and honored by the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars at the first NFL London game this season. These families and the Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association Armed Forces Charity attended a welcome dinner at the U.S. Embassy, honored their heroes at the Ministry of Defense, and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. The families attended team practices and engaged with NFL staff, players, cheerleaders and Legends throughout the weekend with the families receiving tickets to the game at Wembley Stadium and custom cleats honoring each fallen hero.
The USA Wheelchair Football League is a program of Move United made possible in part by support from the NFL and Bob Woodruff Foundation as a part of Salute to Service. The league brings together highly trained coaches with passionate athletes to build skills and inspire players to excel both on and off the field through teamwork, dedication and resilience. Since 2020, Move United has assisted more than 850 athletes and coaches get off the sidelines and into the game through learn-to-play clinics, practice and development opportunities, camps, scrimmages and tournaments.
For more than 55 years, the USO and NFL have worked together to deliver programs and events supporting those who serve in the U.S. military and their families across the globe. Ahead of the Germany game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, the USO and NFL will host a tailgate at Ramstein Air Base for service members and their families stationed in Germany.
The USO is also hosting the third annual Salute to Service Showdown, an EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 24 tournament uniting U.S. active-duty, reserve and National Guard members around the world for the opportunity to attend Super Bowl LVIII. The tournament kicked off in September with qualifiers participating from three regions around the world. The top eight service members will participate in the finals at the New York Giants versus Dallas Cowboys Salute to Service game on November 12. The winner will receive tickets and travel accommodations to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
Continuing the advancement of USO centers around the world, the NFL is supporting a new USO center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). This center includes many of the amenities as a land-based center, including comfortable seating, TVs, video and board games, USO program kits and snacks.
In celebration of Salute to Service, the NFL Foundation and Dallas Cowboys have partnered to host the NFL Character Playbook & National Medal of Honor Griffin Institute Partnership Launch Event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on November 7. The event will host more than 700 high school students in person and virtually. The event celebrates the National Medal of Honor Griffin Institute's sponsorship of three new videos integrated throughout the Character Playbook: Building Healthy Relationships course funded by the NFL Foundation. The videos help guide students' decision-making and choices and focus on the Medal of Honor values of courage, commitment and integrity. Students will be able to engage with members of the Cowboys organization and a distinguished recipient of the Medal of Honor.
For more, visit nfl.com/causes/salute/.