Veterans show support for football star with #VeteransForKaepernick tweets

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San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting the support of some military veterans after protesting racial injustice and police brutality by sitting down during the “Star Spangled Banner.”

While many critics have questioned Kaepernick’s patriotism, the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick shows people who identify as veterans tweeting photos of themselves in uniform with messages of support.

–DL Hughley on Colin Kaepernick: Blacks don’t get Sunday off from racism

The tweets show a range of views, from veterans who agree with Kaepernick’s views to others who disagree with his stance but defend his right to have it.

“I knew what I was walking into,” Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday. “That’s why it’s a sacrifice.”

–Colin Kaepernick receives backlash from white fans after refusing to stand for National Anthem

The 28-year-old football star says he plans to continue sitting out of the anthem, even as he heads into this week’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, who have already planned their annual Salute to the Military tribute.

Check out some of the most powerful tweets in support of Kaepernick’s sit-out.

–Obama to award Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans