San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem has been a controversial statement, to say the very least.
While some have lauded this bold gesture that seeks to throw a spotlight on police brutality and institutionalized racism, many have questioned whether or not members of our armed forces would feel disrespected by his actions.
Well, in case you were on the fence about their approval, a trending hashtag on Twitter #VeteransForKaepernick has officially gone viral. Case closed.
These military personnel have taken to Twitter to show their support for the QB's actions as a means to discuss the national issue of police violence against black citizens.
Check out some of the sweet tweets of support from America's armed forces below that remind us all that they fight for our right for free speech, not condemn its use.
The one soldier who said, "I didn't volunteer to defend a country where police brutality is swept under the rug," really got to the heart of this debate.
There are those among us who should spend less time criticizing Kaepernick's sit-down and more time worrying about how black lives are being taken away unjustly and violently.
And if you think that our flag's symbol for our military makes his act disrespectful, remember that these military personnel put their lives on the line for our freedom of speech.