Local veterans, families react to anthem protests

Veterans and spouses react to protests

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When NFL players protested during the national anthem on Sunday, Tabby Deitrick in East Vancouver knew her husband and her family had sacrificed to give them that right.

“I feel like my husband did miss out on so much. Specifically for those rights,” she said.

Her husband now has a different government job and she’d rather not share his name. But he spent eight years in the army reserves which included a tour of duty in Iraq, where he missed the birth of his first child.

That's why the protest is complicated for her. She doesn't like the disrespect for the flag, but she definitely likes the fact they can do it.

“They need to have a voice. We all need to have that voice. Whether or not the rest of us like it is neither here nor there. It’s their right to do that and to shame them or try to stop it goes against what the military stands for, what they fight for,” she said.

Some at the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center agree.

Corinne La Flors, who is married to a veteran, thinks the president is out of line.

“You have no right. Close your mouth,” she said referring to President Trump. “Worry about the things the president needs to worry about.”

But not everyone is on that page.

“I think that Donald Trump probably means well...it’s all in his approach,” said Army veteran John Dirollo.

He supports the rights of the players, but wishes the protests and the controversy over the protests would just go away.

"It’s sad, because on Sunday’s, like I was saying, I just want to relax. I don’t want to have anything to do with politics. And now it’s 'do I even want to watch football or baseball or whoever?'" he said.

© 2017 KGW-TV


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