The NFL has shown disrespect to our flag and country over the past year and their actions have been criticized by the President, the Vice President, a 4-Star Military Officer, and thousands of USAA members who have sent messages to USAA encouraging them to end their sponsorship of the NFL.
After a year of this disrespect, USAA continues to sponsor the NFL, continues to associate its military member base with the NFL, continues to use our military member funds to sponsor the NFL, and USAA continues to advertise itself as "The Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL". All of which goes against the wishes of the member base, which can be confirmed at any time by USAA conducting a member-wide e-mail survey on this topic.
We the members of USAA will continue to let our voices be heard and we now transition our Petition to the following three points.
1.) We continue to call upon USAA to end its sponsorship of the NFL. Many members have read USAA's statement that their affiliation with the NFL is focused on military appreciation. As the NFL is an organization that allows disrespect to our flag and country, may we suggest that our USAA discretionary funds would be much better spent going to reputable veterans charities or back to USAA members in the form of increases in their annual SSA distributions.
2.) At the very least, we call upon USAA to stop its military related advertising with the NFL and just focus on your financial services advertising. If USAA is not willing to support its member base and the military values we stand for then we ask USAA to not act as though you represent us for advertising purposes and give the impression that the NFL has an affiliation with the US Military. There is an entire section of member comments just below supporting this second point.
3.) RetiredArmy2011 10-11-2017 11:38 AM Obviously, the BOD does not support or agree with the membership. I think this petition needs to be expanded to include a call for immediately replacing the BOD. IAW Article II, Section 2, a Special Meeting may be called if a petition signed by 1 percent of the members of USAA exists. I propose that this petition be expanded to call for a Special Meeting to not only force a stop to the NFL sponsorship and advertising, but also to replace the Board of Directors, who obviously have forgotten that they work for the membership.
There is an entire section of member comments just below supporting this third point.
Thank You, The Members of USAA United We Stand
END OF THE PETITION STATEMENT
The entire list of member comments will be made available to USAA upon request.
If you agree with the Petition Statement then please tap the "Reply" square just below at the bottom of this page and provide a short comment so we have your "call sign" for counting purposes.
Page 1: Comments from our Political and Military Leaders Page 2: Member comments calling for USAA to stop it's military advertising Page 3: Member comments on replacing the BOD Page 4: Gold Star and other Family member comments Page 5: Petition Appreciation comments Page 6: Member Departure Comments
FoxSports Published November * Headline: Trump continues to complain about the NFL
The president says: "The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!"
FoxNews.com Published October * Headline: Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts-49ers game after players kneel during anthem
"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.
Honolulu Star Advertiser Dec 7th, 2016 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 75th Anniversary Ceremony of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Headline: Admiral's national anthem remark scores with Pearl Harbor audience
"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."
NPR Sports December * Headline: Louisiana Lawmaker Threatens Saints' Tax Breaks After Anthem Protests
A Louisiana state legislator wants to cut off tax breaks and other funding for the state's only NFL franchise, the New Orleans Saints.
State Rep. Kenny Havard, a Republican, objects to player protests during the pregame national anthem. He plans to propose an amendment to strip any state funding that benefits the Saints, including free rental of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, their home venue. "We're paying the Saints a lot of money to entertain us — not to get off in the weeds of, you know, political discourse," Havard says. "They can do that, but do it on their own time."
SAMPLE OF MEMBER COMMENTS CALLING ON USAA TO STOP ITS MILITARY ADVERTISING
1Forrest USAA no longer supports or represents military personnel or veterans so please stop with the false advertising.
Disappointed77 11-13-2017 03:36 PM I wish USAA would stop saying that they represent the military, because they really don't.
jommyb84 11-10-2017 04:41 PM First off, you do not sponsor a company that openly disrespects military members because you want to show appreciation to the military. This sponsorship is and always has been about increasing the member base, it is about MONEY, not MEMBERS OR THE MILITARY so please stop.
HokeAJ 09-25-2017 09:43 PM A salute to service from an organization made up of people that do not show even basic respect when the anthem is played is more like a middle finger to any person that has ever served. You either stand with your members, the VFW, the American Legion or you kneel with a bunch of overpaid, disrespectful, and ignorant jocks that are paid to perform. There is no middle ground
Meri'ca 11-22-2017 07:03 AM USAA supporting this manipulation of the American people at the expense of the flag and this great country is absurd. Your bank is in a commercial the other day next to the NFL symbol, physically made me sick. Disgusting- For veterans? For profit?. A angry veteran.
Defendor 10-06-2017 09:23 AM Watching the pro (fake) military USAA commercials make me sick. We (USAA members) know the truth.
FMFdocyut September Spare me the empty PC lines USAA. We know that if USAA had to choose between $$ and service member/Vets... $$ will always win.
td7979 11-20-2017 07:10 PM USAA is supporting the NFL's degradation of our flag. USAA has since taken advantage of the military for the mighty dollar. They know it. I'm just a USAA-used so called 'member'. Give me a call at * if you want more on their scam ....
Oh, say can you see 10-11-2017 07:21 AM USAA, there is no Honor or Appreciation in your message to Veterans like myself, USAA is a disgrace!!
Chief MAA 11-13-2017 06:30 AM They lie lie lie. USAA is a scam against Military, taking advantage of Military and Veterans.
USA-for-Life 10-07-2017 08:24 PM USAA.....You have violated our trust.
Patriotism 11-13-2017 06:08 AM Was already so disappointed in USAA over their love for the NFL and lack of support for us that served. The pro military stuff you send out adds insult to injury.
Kman919 11-21-2017 12:46 PM I am shocked that USAA continues to support the NFL. It must come down to one thing for USAA - MONEY. Not love of country, not honor for those who have served and died and certainly not the core values of loyalty, duty, respect, personal courage, honor, integrity and selfless service. USAA has now shown its true colors. They claim to support the military and to have the same core values, BUT they have now demonstrated that it is an ACT. They put on this act, so they can make MONEY. USAA appears to be no better than any other financial services company that claims to support the military. USAA - if you disagree with this comment - demonstrate it by discontinuing your support of the NFL.
DrNASA With respect to USAA's sponsorship of the NFL and USAA leadership's refusal to listen to or acknowledge the voice of its members - we will be requesting through our US congressional representatives that USAA not be given privileged access to members of the military or the military academies, ROTC or military training schools or US military bases to find new members among the United States military venues. Such access by an organization that encourages public humiliation, dishonor and disrespect to our Armed Forces is unacceptable and they should not have unique access to our armed service members to find a new business and then to distribute that financial resource to activities such as the NFL.
407 4 Fans of Freedom 11-06-2017 06:11 AM I have been with USAA for over a decade now. Looks like it is time to start shopping around. I am sorely disappointed in what I thought was a stand up organization.
408 DROPtheNFL2 11-06-2017 08:32 AM Spend USAA advertising dollars elsewhere. The NFL does not reflect the shared values of USAA members.
409 Crew chief02 11-06-2017 08:45 AM Stop advertising during NFL!
410 CAC 4 11-06-2017 08:21 PM I've been a member since * I won't be much longer if USAA continues to support the NFL.
411 Thom 11-07-2017 12:19 AM I agree. 18yrs myself.
412 1Forrest 11-07-2017 05:02 AM USAA, Since you refuse to listen to your members you could at least change your ads. USAA no longer supports or represents military personnel or veterans so please stop with the false advertising. Your current direction appears to be an intentional misrepresentation in order to steal from the families that have lost loved ones in battle and give to the self righteous NFL thugs that are h-ll bent on destroying this country. As you have demonstrated that you will continue your love nest with the NFL at least change the ads to reflect your support for them and remove all references to the military or veterans. Thank you!
413 Loggie0402 11-07-2017 02:00 PM A friend of mine informed me that USAA is still advertising with the NFL. I AM IN TOTOAL SHOCK OVER THIS IRRESPONSILE ACTIVITY. USAA IS ENABLING THESE UNPATRIOTIC THUGS. I too expect a formal response from USAA stating that: 1) You have terminated your advertising and affiliation with the NFL. 2) You issue a formal apology to all members 3) Terminate those employees that arranged this totally unacceptable advertising effort. I will wait a very short time for this action. If not executed I intend to seek a patriotic organization (s) for my banking, insurance and credit card requirements. USAA...... you have shamed every veteran by your callous and irresponsible actions. You should be taking care of our own....... not enabling those insulting we who have served!
414 Frustrated in DC 11-07-2017 03:50 PM I am a 40+ year member. USAA Management and Board do not care about member views or the quality of the service they provide. Only care about their bonuses and how they can pad their resumes at the expense of members. No need to do any advertising on national TV! Use targeted channels. They are just boasting about how great they are. Service has gotten terrible, and caused me to move my investment and most of my banking to other providers. USAA must cease all advertising with NFL and NFL teams immediately! Quite wasting money that is not yours!!!!
415 Crystal01c 11-07-2017 09:09 AM As a member of USAA for over 45 years, I take great exception to its sponsorship of the NFL. The profiles shown and the claims of support of veterans expressed in the ads are hypocritical in that environment. The NFL owners and corporate officers have shown no leadership or concern for individuals who have served our country. It is time that USAA takes some leadership. Sometimes it is not all about the dollar. Sometimes it is about our shared values and sacrifices. Have some backbone, you will get more business by having a standard.
416 Hanya 11-08-2017 12:23 AM Why should I leave a company that I have invested time and money for the past 40+ years? The CEO of USAA is disregarding the membership and it's obvious that the senior executives do not respect the members who built this company and own this company. If there is a lawyer who may read this comment, please, we need to start a class action lawsuit.We need the CEO and the Board of Directors replaced. USAA is wasting our money on needless advertising. We need to move our comments from internal USAA blogs to a public forum. Stop advertising during the NFL, You're throwing the members money away. You are not going to get any additional members from this advertising.
417 Meggie55 11-08-2017 06:28 AM I was shockened to hear that USAA sponsors the NFL. It is deplorable that they support an organization that encourages the disrespect of our flag and the people who are and have served our country. They should not be advertising on the NFL games and supporting those selfish and disrespectful men that go around abusing women and go to court numerous times to deny the punishment that they deserve. I am saddened to hear of such hypocrisy.
418 The Deuce 11-08-2017 08:47 AM CEO Parker -. Will we ever going to hear from you about this? What's your position on the matter? Are you afraid of something or just stupid? Leadership? Not much!
419 TEX0302 11-08-2017 09:07 AM Has the CEO Mr. Parker, or Chairman General Lyles personally explained to the members why they continue to support the NFL? Clearly there is sufficient membership concern to warrant a statement from the USAA leadership on this issue. Personally I'm appalled that USAA would support an organization that has so little respect for the country or the supposed values of USAA. Equally as worrisome is the lack of concern, communication, and action by USAA leadsership to this issue. If it is all about the money, just say as much, and you can discontinue your patronizing, insincere, patriotic messaging. USAA Cutomer Service, please provide a response. Thanks.
420 ApacheSchoene 11-08-2017 09:38 AM As a 21 year military career officer and 50+ year USAA member and I find it very difficult to adequately express my sincere disapppoinment in the USAA leadership, both the president and board of directors. My family and I have always trusted USAA to have our backs throughout all our military, corporate, and personal moves. USAA has been (note the past tense) the 'Gold Standard' against which we measured other organizations and their products and services. Unfortunately, that standard no longer exists. USAA leadership's willful choice to betray their members with continued sponsorship of the NFL is an affront and offensive to those of us, past and present, who sacrificed and served with honor. As I write this, we are negotiating for all our insurance and financial needs with an alternative source who shares our values of character, integrity, honor, and customer respect. Rest assured that once we lock in on a viable alternative source, we will spread the word to our children and their spouses, and the broader network of USAA members within our sphere of influence. USAA: You had a chance to redeem your good name and you blew it! Clearly, you DON'T know what it means to serve.
421 eli1101 11-08-2017 10:09 AM Dear ApacheShoene, USAA's silence in the flood of all this discontent is the equivalent of remaining on the ground while being affected by ground resonance and just as self destructive.
422 ProwlerGuy 11-08-2017 11:02 AM Well said Apache.... I stopped posting and started taking action last month when it became clear USAA's management (note i didn't use th eterm leadership) decided to make like a turtle on this issue. While a unforgiveable blunder by USAA, there is silver-lining for all of us that blindly held USAA up as a gold standard (29 years for me). I've found better rates MUCH better rates on all the things I've moved....for example, 110 basis point jump on my savings...even bigger on CDs.
423 DMAG1 11-08-2017 05:46 PM Team, I too remain very sad about USAA's betrayal. However, the silver lining is indeed that I found much better rates for my insurance needs with a very reputable company. I'm also moving my investments. I'm actually disappointed that my blind loyalty to USAA for the last 18 years has cost me thousands of dollars in higher rates. I stand with you!
424 Peter Pilot 11-08-2017 08:57 PM As a member and customer of your Financial Institution, I would like to address an issue that has given me cause and consideration for discontinuing my relationship with USAA. Despite the services and products you offer, I am unsupportive of any business or industry that offers financial support to any organization that has politicized and has cast negative dispersions of our nation's heritage and unifying symbols for which we stand.
SAMPLE OF MEMBER COMMENTS ON THE USAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAGE 1 of 3
Retired AF Veteran 10-11-2017 10:38 PM The next step we should take is to recall each of the present Board and elect onto the Board members who represent the values of its members.
Sox Fan Regular Contributor 22 Dec17 When leaders fail to listen to their people, it is time to replace the leaders.
Gunny22 10-18-2017 09:04 AM I agree with the NFL Petition. Time to stop the support for the NFL. Time to seek new leadership at USAA.
HighFive 10-18-2017 12:18 PM I agree with this petition, it is sad the USAA BOD's have maintained this relationship with the unpatriotic National Football League....when is the next BOD member vote and how do we make an impact to send a louder message? Fortunately there are many other quality insurance companies to send my business to.
SMHJR 11-05-2017 10:28 AM I think we all need to get behind putting a new Board in place that understands and listens to its members. As USAA members, we need to band together and root out the ineffective leadership that views themselves as greater than the membership. I remember the day when USAA did not have to advertise and we were a great company. But now ....
ohen 11-04-2017 07:23 AM Yes, our "leadership" at USAA MUST change if they think supporting the nfl still is acceptable. This is beyond wrong and if they can not understand that, and the position of their members, then they simply can not lead USAA.
CrossedPistols 10-18-2017 06:13 PM Add my name to the list of those disappointed - no, disgusted is more like it, with USAA's position on this. USAA has demonstrated, like the NFL, they are not willing to do the right thing unless there are financial repercussions. I am joining the ever-growing number of members looking to take their business elsewhere. Current USAA leadership has demonstrated that they have not only lost sight of their mission since the company was founded, but those on the board that previously wore the uniform have lost faith with those they served with. It makes me wonder what could motivate those in positions of responsibility at USAA to do (not do) what they have done (not done)? Money? Status? Season tickets? Whatever it was, I hope the board values it much more than the respect of their members. Because they have lost the latter and are stuck with the former, whatever it may be Few things disgust me more than senior personnel abandoning those they are honored to lead. IMHO that is just what USAA has done. The lack of integrity, honor and committment to duty and members displayed by USAA will not be forgotten.....even should the NFL protests stop tomorrow. This 30+ year member and retired Colonel will soon be a former USAA member.
Torch01 10-18-2017 01:25 PM I am a 42 year member of USAA. Recently, and our General Membership meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, we unanimously voted to suspend all showing of NFL Football games. Most all agreed that any display such as this disrespect to our Flag, Our Anthem, our country,and insults our SERVICE! Afterwards, one of the members briefed that USAA supports the NFL...shameful!! HOW DO YOU SERVE OUR WARRIORS IN THIS WAY! My family is now looking at suspending USAA as our Insurance company. STOP SUPPORTING THIS DISGRACEFUL ORGANIZATION!
atocha 11-05-2017 07:09 PMI I joined USAA in * and it's gone straight down hill since Gen. McDermott retired as CEO. The current management is a complete joke, as evidenced by their continuing financial support of the NFL. USAA says it stands behind their members, yet they funnel millions of dollars in advertising to a league that completely disrespects the flag and national anthem. The players can do whatever they want, but not on my dime. My premiums are paying for these ads and I've had enough. The CEO and entire board should be fired immediately. The day when they're all gone can't come soon enough.
Gumby75 10-08-2017 04:16 PM I have to say I am shocked! On the entire BOD there is not one leader left. Not one leader that will stand up and say that supporting the NFL is wrong! Only silence - SAD. Well, after 37 years with USAA I am moving on.
hafajc 12-06-2017 01:34 PM I used to think that USAA was something special, but turns out they are just another company sucking money from where ever they can. The USAA Board Members are WITHOUT HONOR--SELLOUTS!!! Good luck with your new demographic that you are marketing to, NFL and USAA. Maybe you'll now include draft dodgers from the 1960's and 70's as veterans of some social war, people who crossed the border into Canada can join the VFW--you can advertise to them (but they are getting old, too.) But remember, those few remaining people with true values and integrity see you for what you are.
Member since 78 10-28-2017 03:03 PM The USAA CEO and Board will eventually have to realize their stubborn refusal to listen to the membership will cost them on the bottom line, as well as their positions when the next proxy vote comes up.
Frustrated in DC 11-07-2017 03:50 PM I am a 40+ year member. USAA Management and Board it's do not care about member views or the quality of the service they provide. Only care about their bonuses and how they can pad their resumes at the expense of members. They are just boasting about how great they are. Service has gotten terrible, and caused me to move my investment and most of my banking to other providers. Quit wasting money that is not yours!!!!
Hanya 11-08-2017 12:23 AM The CEO of USAA is disregarding the membership and it's obvious that the senior executives do not respect the members who built this company and own this company. If there is a lawyer who may read this comment, please, we need to start a class action lawsuit. We need the CEO and the Board of Directors replaced. USAA is wasting our money on needless advertising. We need to move our comments from internal USAA blogs to a public forum.
Omega99 10-06-2017 01:00 PM Management at USAA is completely out of touch with their owners. They need to go. Total lack of leadership. The CEO can't even make a statement, pretty sad. 27 year soon to be ex-member.
coljwcowan October We must to take direct action and contact the board of directors. As other members have said USAA claims to be a member owned organization made up of prior active duty military service and family members. Yesterday the NFL players in London again stood tall for ”God Save the Queen" yet knelt for our National Anthem of the United States of America and yet you and “USAA” believe this is appropriate? As a member for 45 years this is a total disgrace to our entire membership. Request the name, address and email for each of our Board of Directors in order to contact the decision makers directly about USAA’s abhorrent decision to continue support of the NFL with the funds of their members. I would also request the date of the next voting period for the board of directors. USAA decision makers must end "our" support of the NFL now
AV8TR65 10-18-2017 01:17 PM I'm a 50 year member of USAA and have always admired its leadership. I don't on this issue. Am I going to walk away from USAA. No. However, I won't as enthusiastically recommend USAA as I have always done. The decision on NFL sponsoship by USAA is a misguided decision. Is this a controversial topic? Yes! Considering the membership of USAA, what that membership has done for decades, and the values USAA espouses, it is clear the decision to continue to support the NFL's poor leadership and unpatriotic performance is a bad decision. It's not an irreversible decision. Consider what your members are saying and the responsibility the BOD has to that membership. You can fix this and show that you support what our flag and country stand for.
eli1101 11-07-2017 05:27 PM USAA's BOD is devoid of leadership and acts in an invertebrate manner.
Montana member 10-31-2017 05:24 PM BODs, Have you no honor, gentlemen? Look around - your membership is not and will not follow you down this path.
SONBIRD 10-13-2017 05:32 AM USAA is drifting away, far away. I am a 62+year member and I have never seen it like this.
Jim7k 10-07-2017 07:30 AM I have been a member of the USAA association for nearly 50 years. I am ashamed of the way the leadership of this once patriotic organization has slipped into divisiveness.
ChaplainCharlie 10-10-2017 08:15 PM I am ashamed of USAA. I'm disappointed with the board.
GoBroncos 10-05-2017 05:46 PM Shame on USAA "leadership". As a 38 year member I've closed my investments, will do so on Visa card, and shopping for all of my home and auto insurance. Enough stonewalling and liberal excuses. Out!
Common_Sense 10-26-2017 10:35 AM Amen - USAA is going to pot! Sponsoring the NFL while such disgraceful actions are permitted is clearly a slap in the face to all who serve(d). I agree - time to rid ourselves of the current USAA Senior Management...or just move on.
sluggo05 10-30-2017 01:01 PM Unless the members unite to elect a new Board of Directors, senior management will not change.
COCHISE1992 10-05-2017 03:01 PM Shame on the USAA leadership. You need to be fired.
Military Veteran 10-07-2017 02:21 AM I am more than disappointed in the leadership of usaa. Shame on the company. Listen to your members.
Oh, say can you see 10-11-2017 07:21 AM USAA, there is no Honor or Appreciation in your message to Veterans like myself, USAA is a disgrace!!
time on the pond 10-09-2017 03:35 PM It is time for the board to respond to the will of the members. Stop your support for the NFL. Your freebies from the NFL are not worth subverting your moral standards. End NFL sponsorship now.
Member since '68 10-09-2017 02:11 PM As a long-time member I'm very concerned about the deterioration of USAA's commitment to it's members. I'm adding my voice to the petition in hopes that the BOD will recognize the error of it's ways. Am beginning the process of moving our banking and insurance business from USAA as of today.
Starlord 101 12-10-2017 10:25 AM Usaa doesn’t care about what the membership wants they want their social agenda
Mooseplt 10-17-2017 07:59 AM The BoD makes more $ than 99% of USAA members. It takes 1% to call them to the table, but what will that change? They had their test. They failed. Moving $ elsewhere. It's just business.
Mic1 10-17-2017 09:40 AM The Buck stops at the top. The USAA CEO is Stuart Parker, who clearly has made the Decision to wholeheartedly provide emotional Support to the NFL "Kneelers" and has also directed that OUR money, the money of USAA member/owners, be spent to Support the "Kneelers" via Sponsorship of the NFL. Furthermore, Mr. Parker has apparently also directed all USAA Board Members and Senior Management to also Support the "Kneelers", and to REFUSE TO RESPOND to the concerns of the member/owners. This is the very same Stuart Parker who directed that ALL USAA Ads be immediately withdrawn from the Shawn Hannity show, and apparently from ANY AND ALL Shows or Organizations that support Conservative causes. In short, Mr. Parker has apparently issued an Edict that not only will USAA REFUSE to Support any Conservative cause, and ONLY Liberal causes will receive the member/owners monies, but that USAA will begin to slowly but surely WITHDRAW from its longstanding association with the American Military. If you want to continue USAA's Support and longstanding association with the U.S. Military, then CEO Parker must go. Make your views known every day and ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING. Let the CEO know that his REFUSAL to Listen to the member/owners and respond to their concerns, will NOT be tolerated, and his Support for the "Kneelers" must end!!!
pkdcm 10-17-2017 01:58 PM To the Board of Directors, I find it disturbing that you to have lost your perspective and the understanding of purpose of your position at USAA, to SERVE its members. Collectively the BOD have chosen to side with the NFL over the Service Members you claim to so loyally serve. The vast majority of you are Veterans and I am dismayed at your lack of loyalty to fellow Veterans. As one President once stated in a choice of loyalty, "You either stand with us, or you stand against us". As far as I can see you stand against us. You need to find your way back to the path you once swore a Oath to uphold, To protect and defend against ALL enemies forgein and domestic. If you do not see this NFL protest as anything other than assault against the values of what the Veterans fought and died for, you are in the wrong job and need to step down. I am not just disappointed, I am disgusted.
FourLabs 10-18-2017 07:15 PM It turns my stomach to see USAA supporting (yes, that's what they are doing) the NFL players making millions and not respecting our flag. USAA leadership is out of touch. If they keep on supporting the NFL, we need new leaders.
Air Force Boy 10-18-2017 05:54 PM I would have never considered attending an annual meeting before. I mean, really, who goes to these things? But now, I think I'd be willing to make the drive from Pennsylvania to sit in on this one. The USAA meeting...a visit to San Antonio and ordering the chicken fried steak special at the Alamo Cafe' (if they're still around)
jim185 10-18-2017 04:13 PM Is the USAA "leadership" out of touch with those of us who are members of USAA (I have been a member for over 40 years) and the values of honor to our country that many of us have lived by? Regarding the complete disregard of our flag, anthem, and military, the NFL "leadership" seems to be in sync with the "leadership" at USAA who support them with ad money. As for me, the flag, anthem and fellow service members were all something that I risked my life for and it is pretty sad that USAA is spending funds in support of a business that clearly cares more about money and a bunch of entitled crybabies than honor. Maybe the USAA leadership should go sign up for a job with the NFL leadership as it appears that neither gourp seems to have the fortitude to stand up against a bunch of individuals who wouldn't have the guts to do what many of our service members and retirees have done for this country. As for me I am done with the NFL for good....hope that USAA management wakes up. Can we as members vote them out ?
Peaks1 10-19-2017 06:49 PM USAA Senior Management Team Please cease worrying about the bottomline and do what each of you know you should do. Drop sponsorship of the NFL until they themselves do the right thing by supporting the Armed Forces and our country with the ordering of all players to cease demonstrations during the playing of the National Anthem. Do what's right -- what Gen McDermott would have done if he were here.
Susan B Anthony 10-04-2017 06:14 PM The board of directors are elected to one year terms at the Annual General meeting, which always is sometime within the first 90 days of the calendar year. They in turn elect all the officers of the company. Perhaps the time for members to constructively influence the company is at the annual general meeting.
Greg5 10-19-2017 12:28 PM I agree with the petition. I also can't wait for the next BOD election. We need to drain THIS swamp apparently.
Mic1 10-19-2017 09:22 AM NFL Commissioner Goodell Publicly states that the NFL will SUPPORT and ALLOW for continued "Kneeling" during the National Anthem. USAA CEO, Stuart Parker, agrees to Provide FINANCIAL Support for the "Kneelers" and will NOT Respond to the concerns of USAA Members. Shame, shame, shame.
Not the Same Bank 10-19-2017 01:31 PM I am absolutely disgusted by USAA's leadership and their collective decision to continue sponsor the NFL. I am in full agreement that the current BOD and CEO need to resign immediately, and if they lack the moral courage to do so, then we must take action during the next election cycle and vote ALL of them out!
Knoxville CWO 10-23-2017 08:43 AM Keep posting and tell your friends about it too. Half the members (all retired) I tell have no idea what's going on with this so-called leader of USAA and the BoD. Sign the petition too. Semper Fidelis!
AACC 10-24-2017 04:37 PMg Concur, already researching other banks to move my money too. Shame on USAA, the CEO, and board for their disrespectful behavior. Seeing themselves now I see...
BT78 10-24-2017 03:51 PM USAA is obviously not the company that I thought it was. I've lost faith in USAA for continuing to sponsor Ads during NFL games in which players are being disrectful to the flag, country and veterans by not standing during the national anthem. Shame on the USAA leadership for their lack of leadership, and for failing to take action IAW their members desires. Shame on you, I'll never think of USAA in the same way. Member 40 years. I'll give USAA until Veterans Day weekend to change their current position of continuing to sponsor Ads during NFL games.
Shawn1791 10-27-2017 12:13 PM I have left too only * left in a savings, so I can vote on getting rid of this ceo.
ApacheSchoene 11-08-2017 09:38 AM As a 21 year military career officer and 50+ year USAA member and I find it very difficult to adequately express my sincere disapppoinment in the USAA leadership, both the president and board of directors. My family and I have always trusted USAA to have our backs throughout all our military, corporate, and personal moves. USAA has been (note the past tense) the 'Gold Standard' against which we measured other organizations and their products and services. Unfortunately, that standard no longer exists. USAA leadership's willful choice to betray their members with continued sponsorship of the NFL is an affront and offensive to those of us, past and present, who sacrificed and served with honor. As I write this, we are negotiating for all our insurance and financial needs with an alternative source who shares our values of character, integrity, honor, and customer respect. Rest assured that once we lock in on a viable alternative source, we will spread the word to our children and their spouses, and the broader network of USAA members within our sphere of influence. USAA: You had a chance to redeem your good name and you blew it! Clearly, you DON'T know what it means to serve.
SAMPLE OF GOLD STAR AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBER COMMENTS / PART 1 of 2
GaSouthernBelle 11-03-2017 08:07 AM My husband has been a member for about 45 years and I have for over 35 years. When we became members all you offered was car insurance. My husband has been a law enforcement officer for 44 years and counting.
Our oldest son gave up his dream of pitching baseball after * and joined the Air Force. Not long before he had completed his tour we lost him. He was buried on * .
Our youngest son felt called to join the Army. So after graduating early we signed the papers so he could enlist. Right after turning 18 he was sent to Afghanistan. When he was wounded a 2nd time he was a SSGT, had held a couple of his military brothers as they left this world. After returning to the States he was told that he would be disabled forever.
Our daughter teaches the 5th grade and with a Masters and a 2nd degree she makes 3-4 times more money selling Plexus than teaching. We’re a 5 generation USAA member family.
When the NFL kneels...they might as well be spitting in my husband and my children’s faces. And spitting on my son’s grave!! And for y’all to sponsor them...says you agree with them. Do you have any idea WHO made y’all the BIG company you are now?? Not the NFL players...!! It was families like mine who live on $45-$50k a year. You should be supporting US. Please reconsider which side you want to be on... the one who supports it’s members or the one who’s going to lose it’s members. God blessed America I just pray He saves her.
Tamp Girl 11-17-2017 05:55 PM I have had the sad experience of being handed a folded flag. None of those players on that field can understand how that feels. They are able to play a game and get paid overinflated salaries because service members are willing to die to protect our rights. I hope USAA will consider suspending their financial support of an organization that clearly does not respect them.
Jean966 October My father and brothers died for that flag that is being disrespected and your support of the NFL is misguided. You have always been a good company but this will be an embarrassment if your ad comes on after those overpaid players take a knee
Gongulak 10-15-2017 08:25 AM I could never agree with the use of the national anthem and flag as a method of protest. The flag draped the casket of my father — I won’t agree with a method of protest that uses the flag in any manner except reverence and respect. I am going to do my best to live up to what I believe and USAA is making me a participant in a method of protest that is dishonorable, disrespectful, and repulsive to me.
granny Annie 10-19-2017 09:59 AM I very much resent your sponsorship of the NFL while they disrespect the national anthem and the flag for which my deceased husband served
Sevbo 19 Dec 17 USAA, You see, like many who serve it stands for the ultimate sacrifice for as a Commander in Iraq, the flag was draped over seven of my Soldiers as they left Iraq in body bags. They arrived home to grieving family who universally were comforted by the honor of having our nations colors draped over their coffin. You bet, it's emotional and personal for me....as it is with most who serve. Lastly, I have seen nothing, nor anyone who has actually benefited from this denigration of the flag. NFL lost, Players lost, Owners lost, fans lost and sponsors like USAA lost.
Bunny6 Contributor September I feel USAA is not appropriately addressing their member's concerns regarding the NFL's disingenuous regard for the flag, the history, and veterans. Extremely disappointed in USAA----and as I've been a lifetime member (so far), I shudder that my Dad is turning over in his grave given his life long service to the military and a World War II vet.
KateLynn58 10-21-2017 08:12 PM Saddened by a company I have been with since the early 80's. I always assumed with an innocent faith that their commitment to the military, veterans and the families who have sacrificed so much was the backbone of their mission statement. Obviously, I was and am wrong. It will take me a little time to transition everything to an institution I can be proud to be a part of, but this blatant disgrace of what this company should stand for, well... it's worth the work, time and hassle to close things up. Breaks my heart.
TORIM 10-10-2017 05:58 AM I am not a member of the military, but my father has been my whole life until he recently retired. He has traveled the world for this country, and taught his girls to be patriotic and proud of this country. What the NFL is allowing is heart breaking. For a company that has opened its doors to help military personnel and their families to continue to sponsor them is even more heart breaking. STOP!!
USAFgirl 10-18-2017 03:45 PM At one time, I thought football was all about America, now I know that is not so. There are so many other worthy patriotic institutions that USAA could sponsor. Please consider withdrawing USAA sponsorship of the NFL and directing those funds to organizations that truly support the symbols and character of American military service members and their families.
Ret. Navy Chief Wife September As a member and wife of a Ret. Navy Chief, who honorably served in OEF and OIF, it insults my husband, my family and all those who served in the military and sacrificed their lives to defend our freedoms, knowing that USAA supports those disrespectful assclowns in the NFL. Obviously the platform you advertise on, is a lie. USAA has demonstrated that they care more about sponsoring football players who commit felonies and other crimes, and condone those who have shown utter disrespect towards our National Anthem and U.S. flag. The NFL players are NOT heroes, they're overcompensated thugs who could care less about those who served our country. USAA needs to drop the NFL and show their appreciation to our Veterans who deserve better than this. We have a mortgage, credit cards and our insurance through USAA which we're happy to take elsewhere if that's the way they're gonna disrespect and disappoint their long standing members. YOU SUCK USAA!!
Kmom I am surprised and extremely disappointed that USAA is a sponsor for the NFL. As second generation USAA members, we have been proud of USAA's commitment to our military. Sponsoring the NFL is a slap in the face of every serviceman and servicewoman. I urge USAA to immediately pull sponsorship. We are shocked that USAA continued sponsorship as this disrespect towards our country and the office of the president has escalated.
Proud Military Spouse 11-03-2017 04:16 PM USAA, please pull your sponsorship of the NFL today. In * the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a helmet decal honoring the 5 police officers killed in the Dallas protest shooting. Because the players represent the NFL they are not allowed to make specific gestures advocating any cause; however, it’s okay for the players not to respectfully stand for the National Anthem. That too represents the NFL’s values. USAA, please pull your sponsorship of the NFL today. Sincerely, Proud Military Spouse
officerwife1 10-09-2017 11:35 AM I want to add my voice in supporting the petition to demand that USAA remove their sponsorship of the NFL.
SnipeWife 10-06-2017 09:02 AM I agree with this petition and ask the executives at USAA to reconsider their decision to sponsor the NFL. It goes against the core beliefs of your membership.
Angel Bell3 10-18-2017 05:12 PM I just wanted to let you know how shocked & disappointed I am in this company, USAA, for continuing to support the NFL. The field is not the place to protest and certainly not with the US Flag & Anthem. Such a disgrace. Maybe I should start looking for an insurance company that respects our country like I do.
Pattieann September Wow, I am not a sports fan but if it is true that USAA is still supporting this NFL group of teams that take a knee when our national anthem is played, Wow....I am from a proud of America military family and joined this bank and services that support and assist military families and USAA os still a sponsor? Our military have fought for the right to fly our flag, sing our anthem and say our pledge to our country without these disrespectful displays of self proclaiming actions on our national stages and gatherings being accepted and catered too! My dad was wounded on the beach at Normandy D-day invasian and many buddies did not come back! Nothing has changed, our flags continue to cover coffins returning to our nation, PTSD, Suicides and lack of medical help has been rampant. NFL does not deserve the support of USAA so long as managers and owners are buckeling to these disrespectful delf-serving displays across our nation in the NFL or any other organization supporting this!
SAMPLE OF GOLD STAR AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBER COMMENTS / PART 2 of 2
Meggie55 11-08-2017 I was shocked to hear that USAA sponsors the NFL. It is deplorable that they support an organization that encourages the disrespect of our flag and the people who are and have served our country. They should not be advertising on the NFL games and supporting those selfish and disrespectful men that go around abusing women and go to court numerous times to deny the punishment that they deserve. I am saddened to hear of such hypocrisy.
Concerned family 10-23-2017 08:43 AM USAA seems to have changed it’s goals in pursuit of a wider audience. Growth as an end in itself and alienating your long term base will not make you bigger and better it will make you ordinary, one banking institution among many. Please stop supporting the NFL and reevaluate your core mission.
Audemed October My husband and I would love to continue using USAA. However, supporting the military community should be USAA's prime objective. People have every right to protest, peacefully. People have every right to disagree with the motives behind the protest. So, with that in mind, your MEMBERS are requesting that USAA stand with the military community and boycott the NFL. Show us what you value. Show us what you HONOR. Your sponsorship or your military families. You cannot have both. -Sincerely, May leave USAA.
M's Mom October Please reconsider your support for the NFL. Ratings? They are dropping. What better way to show support for the brave men and women who live and die for that flag. Drop the NFL. My household is not watching the games either. Cancelled our cable. Please USAA, reconsider your support of the NFL.
AirforceWifey September It most certainly will not continue to be the most watched sports in the country after this. Find another way to reach military families, otherwise you will only alienate them.
Nicngiamom Contributor September Please end your support of the NFL sponsorship. The money of this company which is member money should not be funding a group which clearly no longer represents the American people. This sponsorship is advertisement and I would suggest spending our money where our members are frequenting. The NFL is a billion dollar business. Let them get their funding elsewhere. I'm sure the USAA Corporate bigwigs don't want to give up the obvious benefits they receive from the NFL...
SAMPLE OF MEMBER COMMENTS SHOWING APPRECIATION FOR THE PETITION
USAF_Ret 11-21-2017 11:59 AM Stand United, Thank you for all the efforts you made to express our concerns over USAA's decision to continue supporting the NFL and its players during a political statement at our expense for their profit. It's too bad that USAA's leadership failed to show the same toughness in temporarily suspending its support to the NFL.
Disappointed77 11-13-2017 03:36 PM I would like to thank "Stand United" and all the others who have made a tremendous effort to try to make USAA realize their NFL sponsorship is disgraceful to America and our veterans.
Greenbrier 10-27-2017 05:33 PM Thank you, Stand United, for your outstanding effort. Well done, well said. The complete absence of a response from management spoke volumes to me about their concern for their members/stock holders. General McDermott would not have believed USAA could come to this. Greenbrier
kbsa2000 I'm with you Stand United. It's time to change the overhead bulbs. They've grown dim and self serving.
FLAG STILL WAVES 10-14-2017 12:11 AM I am with Stand United. We stand silent no longer. Time to become the vocal majority.
Jalibb1 12-11-2017 08:13 PM Thanks United. I often wonder how much more our suscribers payment would be were it not for usaas payments to the nfl. There is malfeasance here and it will, one day, come to light. Remember there are three things that will always reveal itself in the darkness.... The sun, the moon, and the Truth.
Raptor Wrangler 10-06-2017 03:30 PM Thank you for putting up this petition. I hope this list gets HUGE! USAA... your customers don't want you supporting the NFL.
MarkLFPMD 11-23-2017 09:28 PM I agree with stand united.
Eli101 11-07-2017 05:27 PM Dear Stand United, Thank you.
Scottie4 11-04-2017 05:57 PM I'm with you 100%. 50 year member.
Navy veteran vietnam 11-04-2017 09:49 AM I stand with you my brothers
sluggo05 10-30-2017 01:01 PM Thanks to all who have put this together. Unless the members unite to elect a new Board of Directors, senior management will not change.
Desperado26 10-17-2017 07:57 PM COL (Name) / FULLY CONCUR WITH THE PETITION. Its only something many of my precious troops died for. COL (Name) OUT God Bless