Military Day: Falcons cap final open practice of camp with $200K donation for veterans

The Atlanta Falcons honored those who have served in the military and their families throughout the day during the ninth practice of 2019 AT&T training camp at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Take a look at some of our favorite images here.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons marked their final open practice of the 2019 AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp by hosting their fifth consecutive Military Appreciation Day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday.

This military-themed day honored those who have served and are currently serving our country.

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Prior to practice starting, AMB Group CEO Steve Cannon and Angie Blank, who has worked hard to promote the VEO and its programming presented the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) executive director Frantz Fortune with an honorary game ball as being the official recipient of all ticket sales from the event.

With more than 45,000 tickets distributed, the Falcons will donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the VEO equaling more than $200,000. Steve and Angie also spent time greeting and visiting service members from all five military branches throughout the duration of practice.

"We are incredibly proud to be able to give back in such a meaningful way to help our military veterans and the fight against homelessness," Cannon said.

"Our fans helped make this VEO donation happen because of their energy, passion and unwavering support of this football team. The Falcons have supported the military for years and today is just another representation of our commitment to honoring those who sacrifice and protect our country. We are humbled and honored to be able to give back and make a difference for our veteran community."

The Falcons are deeply connected to the military including those currently serving, veterans and their families throughout the year. The Falcons host and participate in more annual military and veteran community events than any other team in the National Football League, working in-tandem with the all facets of the Armed Forces to create unique training programs that offer learning opportunities for both the military, the team and the Blank Family of Businesses.

This commitment stems from the innate connection between military values and the core value system that Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Steve Cannon, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and the rest of the team follow as the foundation for the entire organization.

In addition to the donation and open practice, a permanent, unoccupied seat dedicated to honor the thousands of American service members who were prisoners of war or remain missing in action was unveiled at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

The POW/MIA seat is located in section 122 and will sit empty for all events at the stadium. To readmore about chair of honor seat and the inspiration behind it, click here.

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