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Donations show team pride, help veterans

Jennifer Nelson
February 4, 2010
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An Indianapolis attorney and Army reserve major wants Colts fans to put their money where their mouths are to show support for the team and raise money for wounded soldiers.

Attorney and Army Reserve Major David Seiter wants to spread the word about the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured soldiers and their families and caregivers cope with the dramatic changes injuries can bring. He contacted the National Football League about his idea and got all the legal licenses in place. Now, the NFL, Wounded Warrior Project, and Operation Touchdown 2010 have partnered to encourage Colts and New Orleans Saints fans to see who can donate the most money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Seiter and Saints fan Army Col. Ted Cox, now retired, started Operation Touchdown while serving in Iraq in 2003. They realized their favorite NFL teams would be playing each other that year and organized a daylong clinic for Iraqi children to teach them about American football. Fans from Indianapolis and New Orleans donated child-size Colts and Saints apparel and the two realized they now had a platform where they could bring attention to different charities, Seiter said.

Operation Touchdown has organized other events that coincide with the Colts and Saints facing each other. When it looked like the two teams would play in the Super Bowl in 2007, Seiter and Cox organized a benefit for the USO. Unfortunately for Cox, the Chicago Bears beat the Saints and went to the Super Bowl.

Seiter said he's always been impressed with Colts fans' support of their team and the military. People can make donations on the Wounded Warrior Project's Web site for up to a week after the Super Bowl. He said the Web site will begin showing the results soon. They hope to raise thousands of dollars for Wounded Warrior Project.

"I certainly don't want to get beat by a bunch of Saints fans," he said. "This is a competition. I want to see our fans support this program."

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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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