Army vs. Navy: Inside the Private Party for Vets at ‘America’s Game’

by Michael Freeman
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The Army vs. Navy football games are always exciting and filled with fan enthusiasm. To honor our country’s veterans, “America’s Game” also featured a private party for them to watch it unfold.

The Warhawk Air Museum held a private party for those who served on Saturday before the big game, Idaho News 6 reported. Featuring a mixture of Army and Navy veterans, the group came together in the spirit of fun and competition. Though the specifics of the party couldn’t be disclosed, veterans from both sides enjoyed themselves.

West Point graduate and Army veteran Jordan Trompke spoke about the game to Idaho News 6. He expressed happiness to be there, much less attend the party. “I love this game, I think it brings everybody together in the best way everyone is united around a common game. There is a quote that I read, it’s the only game played every year where everyone playing would die for everyone watching.”

On the other side, Cecilia Wheeler, a Navy Cold War veteran, loves the competition between the two branches. “We love to tease each other,” said Wheeler. “It brings great conversation, it is great to be around other veterans.” Wheeler served primarily on the U.S.S California as a radioman and also told the outlet “I’m very proud of that.” Wheeler also happened to recently win the Boxing Brigade Welterweight Championship.

The game yesterday was incredibly close, but the Navy clutched a victory, with the final score being 17-13. Good thing Wheeler loves to tease the Army because she has plenty of ammunition to do so now.

Army Vs Navy Game Features Veterans Helping One Another

The Army vs. Navy game features camaraderie and rivalry between the two longstanding military branches, but something else too. The game also serves as grounds for veterans to help one another.

During a Fox & Friends Weekend segment at the game, Johnny Jones spoke to two leaders of veteran-based groups and Lee Greenwood about helping our nation’s heroes. Jason Van Camp was one of these leaders, who happened to play football at West Point as a cadet. He co-founded Warrior Rising, an organization that helps veterans “in the most altruistic way we know how.”

This altruism comes in the form of helping veterans create sustainable businesses. For example, veteran Justin Clapsaddle founded War Metal Forge thanks to Warrior Rising’s help. The North Carolina-based company makes custom knives using metal from vehicles that saw battle.

Warrior Rising’s website notes it helps veterans by “providing them opportunities to create sustainable businesses.” It also encourages these companies to hire veterans, thus creating even more jobs and income for former military members.

Those interested in supporting Warrior Rising or veterans, in general, can visit their website to learn more.