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Hello,

 

   I've been with USAA for 31 years.  After your insulting response to the NFL protest, I started moving my accounts from USAA.  I have stopped making that transition and still have IRAs, banking, and insurance with USAA.  I am givig USAA a chance to severe ties with the NFL before I continue and want USAA to update the membership on whether they are going to continue to spend our money supporting an organization that does not respect the sacrifices made in service to our country.

 

Thank you

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Daffy Dandy,

Papa John’s has ended their sponsorship of the NFL.

USAA has made it clear in a previous statement that they have no intention of ending their sponsorship of the NFL, despite the fact that the President of the United States, the Vice President, two 4-Star Military Officers, and three Veterans Organizations have all criticized the disgraceful actions of the NFL and despite the fact that thousands of USAA members of the military community have sent messages over the past year encouraging USAA to end their sponsorship of the NFL, with USAA moderators not replying to any of them, not even to the Gold Star family members.

Yet USAA continues with all of their military advertising and military talk.
As we say: Don’t talk the talk if you’re not willing to walk the walk.

If you go to Section 7 of the latest version of the NFL Petition (1,720 Members) you will see a very long list that starts with Ten 50-year plus USAA members saying farewell to USAA over this NFL issue and the list works it’s way down from there. Maybe that is why USAA directed we stop the daily posting of our USAA Member NFL Petition after 5 months of doing so with no issues ever raised prior to that and even though the USAA Bylaws authorizes a member petition.

On that note I would reference the first part of a comment below from retired 4-Star Admiral William McRaven, Legendary Navy SEAL and Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and current Chancellor of the University of Texas: “I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Nothing is more important to this democracy. Nothing!”

I would also reference the recent legal opinion from Manhattan federal court, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on a social media Federal court case who stated: "Once it is a public forum, you can't shut somebody up because you don't like what they're saying".

In addition to not supporting their member’s core military values of Duty, Honor, Country; USAA is now restricting the freedom of speech of those who defend it.

Airborne,
Stand United




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Vice President Mike Pence

"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted.

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4 Star Admiral William McRaven, Retired
Navy SEAL
Former Commander, US Special Operations Command
Chancellor of the University of Texas

"I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Nothing is more important to this democracy. Nothing! However, while no one should be compelled to stand, they should recognize that by sitting in protest to the flag they are disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today -- as imperfect as it might be."

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4 Star Admiral Harry Harris
Current Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Comments at the 75th Anniversary Ceremony of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today - and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago - never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played.” Harris said to nearly a minute of clapping, whistles and whoops from the thousands in attendance.

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Keith Harman
National Commander, VFW

“There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys and using sporting events to disrespect our country doesn’t wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms on real battlefields around the globe.”

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Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez
U.S. Army Green Beret
Vietnam War Veteran
Medal of Honor Recipient

When MSG Benavidez would give speeches he would often tell a beautiful poem on the American Flag and remind people that in the 10 years we fought in Vietnam that we lost 58,000 men. He would go on to say that whenever he would come in contact with people who showed disrespect to our flag he would ask them the following question: "How does it feel to enjoy freedom at the expense of my buddies life?"

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Retired Marine Colonel Jeffrey A. Powers letter to the NFL commissioner: ‘Legends and heroes do not wear shoulder pads’

According to Powers, Goodell is “complicit” in making NFL players believe “they’re something special.”
“You are complicit in this!” Powers wrote. “You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.”

“You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are,” he added. “I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.”
“Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads,” Powers continued. “They wear body armor and carry rifles.”
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This is quite depressing. USAA has let all veterans and active members down. USAA is not just another bank; it is a military bank. Ever since USAA began public advertising on TV and allowing anyone to join -- not just active duty, ex-military, & family members -- its service has gone down the drain. I am discouraged by its customer service and this NLF issue. A customer rep told me not to yell at her, although I did not, and hung up on me. This was following a complaint of bad service as I attempted to enroll a cousin of mine who is currently in BCT. I tried enrolling him while he was 17-y-o in high school. This went on for months. We followed their recorded prompts and the instructions given by rep on the phone; yet, none of it worked and after a year of trying to enroll him, we got upset. I happen to see today a commercial with USAA endorsing the NFL. THis was distrurbing. if they do not cut ties with NFL, I will cut them.

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This is very concerning @FLUEK and we would like to look at this issue with getting your cousin enrolled and being hung up on. A member services representative will look into this issue and reach back out to you once they have some solutions to help make things right. - Ralph  

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Thanks for your reply, Ralph. We tried enrolling him back in June/July 2018. That went on for nearly a year. Since he could not get enrolled with USAA, I enrolled him in a traditional bank in June of 2019. No need to further try to enroll. As for the USAA/NFL fling, all needed is to know that USAA will stand with the military by not aligning with the NFL and its disrespectful sideshow off kneeling during the national anthem. If the rep who may call me cannot stop that, there is no need for a phone call from USAA.