In what may be a move to deflect attention away from the latest patent and trademark issue, the Washington Redskins have announced the launch of Redskins Salute, the team’s free, official military appreciation club.

Under the leadership of owner Dan Snyder, the Washington Redskins created Redskins Salute to amplify the team’s decade-long military appreciation initiatives into one comprehensive, year-round platform.

The club will be in partnership with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro)to provide a platform for fans to serve, support, thank and connect with military service members and their families. 

Redskins Salute will also offer free events, exclusive content and support programs for military service members and their families to address needs in the areas of education, family services, health and wellness and post-service job creation.

The free events and programs will build upon the success of long-standing military-related events with USO-Metro, including free ticket distribution to Redskin home games and other FedExField special events. Other events include the Salute to Play 60: Military Challenge at Joint Base Andrews (Air Force-Navy) and an appearance by Redskins rookies at USO-Metro’s newly constructed Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Md., in addition to the team’s military initiatives at FedExField during the season.

Eligibility for Redskins Salute includes all active duty troops, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military veterans, from all branches in the U.S. military, as well as their family members.

Eligible military members and their families can join free of charge by visiting

The franchise has planned a number of upcoming special events to honor military service members, and is planning to offer them year-round. A few of the events are listed below:

-          June 28: RecruitMilitary - a career fair presented by DAV for former and retired military service members at FedExField.

-          July 13: Military Appreciation Day at FedExField for service members and their families, including raffles with exclusive giveaways, live entertainment, stadium tours and access to players, cheerleaders and Redskins alumni.
          July –   August: Redskins Salute will host service members in a VIP tent during training camp. Times will be announced at a later date.

-          August: Redskins Salute host nearly 1,500 military service members in uniform on the Bud Light Party Deck at FedExField as the Redskins host the New England Patriots in their preseason game.

-          August 7: Redskins Salute VIP Gameday Hospitality Party invites active duty, former and retired service members to partake in a VIP hospitality party prior to kick-off against the New England Patriots. Limited entry.

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