The Green Bay Packers and Fleet Farm are set to honor veterans and members of the military through the team's annual "Salute to Service" initiative throughout the month of November.
A league-wide program in conjunction with recognition of Veterans Day, the Packers and Fleet Farm are honoring those who serve in a variety of ways this month, with fundraising, discounts, events, and gameday features.
At the Packers Pro Shop, fans can take part in the Salute to Service effort by purchasing custom Green Bay Special Forces patches for $10 each, starting the second week of November, with 100 percent of the purchase price going to the Special Forces Foundation (SFF). The patches include the words "Green Bay" and "Only the Strong" and will be available while supplies last. Several Packers players developed a unique connection with the Special Forces Foundation during the offseason when they had the opportunity to participate in a tour, training and leadership course at a Special Forces facility in Arizona. The players included Krys Barnes, Henry Black, Oren Burks, Dominique Dafney, Elgton Jenkins, Tyler Lancaster, Allen Lazard, Jordan Love, Dean Lowry, Will Redmond, Preston Smith and Ty Summers.
SFF offers programs designed to address the fraying of the U.S. Army Special Forces "Green Berets" after two decades of sustained combat, focused on addressing the hardships and unique challenges that Special Forces members and their families face. SFF programs include support for the wounded, maintenance of the current warrior's mind, body and family, as well as providing acute and ongoing support in resolving psychological, emotional and relationship issues before they become chronic. Finally, after a life-changing knock on their door, the SFF provides immediate and long-term support to the Gold Star Families of the fallen.
The Packers Pro Shop is offering all active military members and veterans 20 percent off on Veterans Day and 10 percent off throughout November on all in-store items, with some standard exclusions. This offer is valid in-store only. The Packers Pro Shop has this year's Salute to Service gear in stock, with 100 percent of the proceeds from Salute to Service merchandise benefitting the NFL's military non-profit partners.
Lambeau Field Atrium businesses also are offering special discounts and promotions for veterans and military members, with free Packers Hall of Fame admission with their military ID on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Members of the military and veterans eating at 1919 Kitchen & Tap also can receive a 25 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages through November.
During November, Packers alumni will be joining the cause, as well, with Jarrett Bush, Tony Fisher, Ryan Taylor serving as "guardians" on an Honor Flight. The Honor Flight will depart from Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport on Nov. 6 and will tour several monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C. All veterans attending will also receive Fleet Farm gift bags, and Fleet Farm will be on-hand with a sign-making station at the airport to help welcome the veterans home. Additionally, during the month of November, several Packers alumni are planning to surprise veterans by serving lunch at a VA facility in Wisconsin.
The Packers and Fleet Farm are also encouraging fans to be a part of the Cards for Troops campaign, which will send greeting cards to troops who are serving away from their families during the holidays. Fans can create cards on their own, stop at the card-making station at the Packers Pro Shop or use the template on packers.com/cardsfortroops and drop them off at the Packers Pro Shop or at all Wisconsin Fleet Farm locations. Fans who are not local can mail their cards to Lambeau Field addressed to "Cards for Troops."
The Nov. 14 contest against the Seattle Seahawks will serve as the Packers' Salute to Service game, presented by Fleet Farm. Players will wear and use special equipment that features the NFL Salute to Service camo-ribbon decal. Fleet Farm also has generously donated 20 game tickets to local veterans to enjoy the game. The stadium will feature camouflage Salute to Service goal post wraps, banners and pylon decals, and in-game video features will include shoutouts to those who are serving and recognition of veterans.