NFL Player Sends Two Army Veterans to the Superbowl

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Christian McCaffrey Sends Two Army Veterans to the Superbowl
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In a partnership with the USAA and the Wounded Warriors Project, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is providing a special experience to two Army veterans.

Former Army Sergeant Alex Somerson and his wife Shawna, also an Army veteran, were offered the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl LIII, set to take place on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. McCaffrey made his announcement over Twitter.

Somerson hails from Mooresville, North Carolina and served in the army for six years. He was a member of the 1/327 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and has deployed twice to Iraq, according to WCNC-TV. During his service, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge.

After returning home, Somerson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and started getting involved with the organization The Wounded Warrior Project in 2011. McCaffrey plans to meet with Somerson the night before the game in the USAA’s Salute to Service Lounge, a space open to currently employed military, veterans and their families.

“Teaming up with USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project to award a trip to the Super Bowl to a military veteran is a special honor,” McCaffrey said in a Panthers news release. “I am very much looking forward to meeting Sergeant Alex Somerson and his wife in Atlanta at the Super Bowl to personally thank both of them for their service to our country.”

Christian McCaffrey, thank you for honoring our men and women in uniform. We salute you.

Photo: U.S. Service members walk a U.S. flag onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Jan. 6, 2018, before a Baltimore Ravens game against the L.A. Chargers.