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Seahawks DL Michael Bennett touched by gift from Vietnam veteran

Michael Bennett, Eagles

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is a polarizing figure to some. However, in lieu of his recent protesting, he’s received support from the same type of people others claim they are infuriated on behalf of.

By way of Brady Henderson of ESPN, Michael Bennett said he was touched by the support he received from a Vietnam veteran after yesterday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. He said the man gave him a coin representing his unit after they spoke.

“He lost half his battalion. He was telling me about the POWs and the people missing in action. He gave that to me, says he loves everything I stand for,” Bennett said, showing reporters the coin. “That’s just an honor to be able to get something like that. That’s a big deal.”

“The last couple weeks we wanted to honor the military and everybody, so that was really good,” Bennett said. “So to be able to shine a light on some of the issues that are going on within the military or from after [war] is something I think as Americans we should definitely bring up. As much as we love everything they do, we should love everything that they’re going through too. So just to be able to support them. It was an honor for me to get that [coin].”

While one vet doesn’t obviously speak for all vets, we should remember that when the narratives don’t fit your point of view.

Also, at the same time, instead of arguing about the supposed disrespect to the flag or the troops, maybe just listen to what a guy like Michael Bennett has to say. They’re not protesting the flag or the troops by kneeling during the anthem. Just in the same way someone on a hunger strike isn’t protesting food.