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Kirk Cousins awards Super Bowl trip to wounded veteran

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Gotta love stories like this

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On Tuesday, with the Super Bowl just a handful of days away, Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins made a dream come true for one of our wounded veterans.

Cousins teamed up with USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project to present Army Staff Sergeant Tony Craidon with a trip to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this Sunday.

Here’s a bit on Staff Sergeant Craidon:

Staff Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Craidon served in the U.S. Army from 1999 - 2011 as a military police officer. During his time in the service, he was based in Germany, Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, Bosnia, and Iraq. Craidon was recognized with the Distinguished Leadership Award, as well as the runner up in the Alaskan Joint Forces Soldier of the Year award. He currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and three children where he is working toward a career as a writer and a nonprofit advocate. He’s Minnesota Vikings fan and plans to bring his wife, Katrina, to the Super Bowl.

Cousins also took his time to express his excitement in being able to give Craidon this trip to Atlanta.

“I am fully aware of the fact that our freedom in this country is not truly free and will be forever grateful for individuals like Staff Sergeant Tony Craidon who have made significant sacrifices”, said Kirk Cousins. “It’s truly an honor to be able to show my appreciation and support by sending this hero to the Super Bowl with the help of USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

If there are any other military members or veterans around the Atlanta area this week, Cousins will be meeting with Craidon and other military members in the USAA Salute to Service lounge in Atlanta on Friday, 1 February.

Honestly, no matter how many stories we see about this sort of thing, it really never gets old. The more stories we see like this, the better things are, in my opinion.

Kudos to Kirk Cousins for giving this huge gift to Staff Sergeant Craidon, and kudos to USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project for making it possible.