On Wednesday, November 13, Rams Legends HAROLD JACKSON, JOE SWEET, and BOB THOMAS joined Cheerleaders, Rampage, front office staff, and American Airlines volunteers at US Vets – Inglewood's annual Veteran's Day Breakfast. The inaugural US Vets site, US Vets – Inglewood aims to support successful transitions of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling and career development.
During the event, volunteers prepared and served meals to veterans, their families and community supporters as well as hosted a game of Bingo which included the chance to win Rams merchandise and memorabilia. Working alongside Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles, the Rams also beautified the facility's recreation room with a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, a pool table, and theater seating couches to go with a new TV that they can use to continue to watch Rams games.
Rams Legend and former receiver Harold Jackson attended the first Veteran's Day Breakfast at US Vets – Inglewood last year and was excited to attend again this year. As a veteran himself who served in the National Guard, Jackson knows firsthand the sacrifices our veterans make and he didn't hesitate to express his gratitude for their service to our country.
"This is one of the things I'm very proud of. I spent 16 years in the NFL and I also had about 6 years in the National Guard," said Jackson. "I'm looking at the veterans today and looking at the veterans of yesterday, these guys took care of this country. We can go to bed at night and we can sleep. I look at some countries and they can't afford to go to sleep because they're afraid of what's going on, but we are well protected with all the military service members."
Strolling through the renovated recreation room with a big smile, US Vets – Inglewood Executive Director, Akilah Templeton, couldn't wait to see the impact it would have on the vets they serve.
"We are really thankful for the beautification project that's happening. It helps our veterans have a positive experience and they have gone through so much," said Templeton. "The veterans in this program actually come here directly from homelessness. This is a step toward helping them successfully reintegrate back into the community, and what a better way to do it then engaging in something that's purely American like enjoying a great football game and rooting for the Rams. We're super thankful for the Rams."
The Rams visited U.S. VETS – Inglewood to beautify their recreation room along with serving a meal and playing bingo with residents.
With their planes flying over the facility and the city of Inglewood, American Airlines (AA) was honored to partner with the Rams and to serve veterans in the Inglewood community. Just miles away at SoFi Stadium, which will feature American Airlines Plaza, both the Rams & AA felt it was important to give back to the community that's welcomed them in.
"Our military members and veterans are important to us at American Airlines and we are honored to be here today to do our part," said American Airlines Spokesperson Kelsey Gion. "We have a presence in the new stadium with the American Airlines Plaza, which our planes will fly over and we're grateful for our partnership with the Los Angeles Rams. With our combined efforts, we will to continue to work together and do what really matters in the community and that's make the lives of everybody better."
This event was part of the Rams Salute to Service Week with daily military appreciation efforts that culminated with the team's Salute to Service game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. Throughout the week, the Rams partnered with veteran service organizations and non-profits to support the military community and to honor, empower, and connect with service members, veterans and their families. Since 2011, the NFL's Salute to Service efforts have raised more than $34 million for military and non-profit organizations.