Community News Other military tributes during Sunday’s game: • The Victory Belles of the World War II Museum performed the National Anthem. • Employees of Entergy who were formerly in the military along with family members unfurled the American flag. • Joint Color Guards presented the colors before kickoff. • The Marine Corps Band of New Orleans performed at Champions Square during pre-game tailgating. • The Alcorn State Band put on a military-themed halftime show. • Sunday’s 50-50 raffle went to benefit Bastion, a housing community in New Orleans dedicated to military veterans and senior citizens. • Community Coffee’s military guest was Staff Sergeant Derrick Jacobs, a Lake Charles native, who has received numerous awards including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Jacobs serves in Oxford, Mississippi, as an Army recruiter. • The Community Coffee honorary captain was Master Sergeant Crystal Larrieu, who enlisted in the active duty Air Force in 2001 and was deployed to Irag in March 2004. After Larrieu’s active duty service she joined the Louisiana Air National Guard. • Local military and their families received tickets to the game. • USAA sponsored several military appearances and activations pregame and allowed more than 100 military members to watch the game from the field. • Air Forced Serviceman Jaron Augustus was welcomed home and reunited with his family in a special ceremony that brought some in the sellout crowd to tears. • Before the game started Crown Royal hosted a bag-stuffing station where fans were able to pack bags with goods to be sent to military members stationed overseas.
Top Right Photo: The Saintsations performed in military-themed uniforms for the Tampa Bay game on Nov. 5. Middle Right: The Saints watched as the WWII Museum’s Victory Belles performed the national anthem.
LB A.J. Klein nominated for Salute To Service Award New Orleans Saints LB A.J. Klein received the team’s nomination for the NFL and USAA’s annual Salute to Service Award. Klein has strong ties to the military from his family. His greatgrandfather, Len Klein, served in the United States Army in World War II. His uncles, Tom and Leroy Klein, served with the Marines. His grandfather, Jim Klein, served in the Air Force. Multiple cousins and uncles also served in these branches. Before joining the Saints in March as a free agent, the fifth-year pro spent four seasons with the Carolina Panthers and became heavily involved with team events supporting the military, even before being drafted in 2013. Klein got involved in the military while conducting pre-NFL Scouting Combine training in Pensacola, Florida, home to Naval Air Station Pensacola. While preparing for a draft Klein would strike up a friendship with an Air Force officer who was rehabilitating from injuries suffered during a flight, and the two continue to stay in touch.
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