Washington, DC: NBC News: ‘Paid Patriotism’: Senators Accuse Military of Wasteful Sports Tributes.
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NBC News Capitol Hill Producer and Off-Air Reporter Jon Schuppe and NBC News Writer Frank Thorp V.
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NBC News National Security Producer Courtney Kube.
– That military tribute you saw at your last pro ballgame — a service member’s stirring rendition of “America The Beautiful,” a surprise “welcome home” celebration for returning troops, a soldier’s ceremonial first pitch — may not have been a charitable gesture by the home team.
Instead, that event may have been paid for by the Pentagon, part of a multimillion-dollar program to promote the armed services and boost recruitment through patriotic events, game tickets, player appearances and other perks.
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