Paralyzed veteran wants people to see him standing for National Anthem

DENVER, CO (KUSA) The cameras have recently been focused on the NFL players protesting during the national anthem, but Matt Keil wants you to see him standing.

The Iraq War veteran, paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper’s bullet, gathered with family and friends outside Mile High Stadium in Denver before Sunday’s Broncos-Chargers game.

“The message that we’re all hoping to send is that not standing for the national anthem does nothing but disrespect every service member and their family members who ever fought for this country,” Keil said.

As the strains of the national anthem could be heard from the stadium loudspeakers, Keil raised his specialty wheelchair into the standing position.

Keil, who lives in Parker, said he understands why NFL players are protesting racial injustice but he wishes they would not do it during the national anthem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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