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The fact that it was Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers only made the situation worse.

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On August 26, San Francisco 49er’s Colin Kaepernick told a reporter before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” The 28-year-old quarterback had just been asked why he was sitting down during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and his defiant response immediately set off a fiercely polarizing debate, drawing praise from those who saw it as a valiant act of protest against racial injustice, and scorn from those who perceived it as a blatant act of disrespect.

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AP photo by Elaine Thompson

Many service members and athletes find that their careers become their identities. Once it comes time to transition, however, the return to normal, daily life can seem impossible.

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