While Washington D.C. focuses on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Americans are focusing on other things, like the upcoming Super Bowl in Miami that will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But you don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate what one of the Super Bowl-bound football players just did for the family of a fallen, genuine military war hero.
According to Niners Nation, 49ers tight end and fan favorite George Kittle just became a little more popular after he announced that he gave two tickets to the big game to the family of fallen veteran Sergeant Martin LaMar, who was shot and killed by enemy forces while serving a tour of duty in Iraq.
LaMar first served in the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in 1986 right out of high school. He would go on to serve tours of duty in the first Gulf War. After he left the Marines and transitioned to civilian life, the calling to serve bit him again and he would then enlist in the United States Army.
LaMar was shot and killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq and making matters worse for the family, he was killed not only on his wedding anniversary, but it was also on the day he was slated to come home after his deployment had been extended.
The war hero was survived by his beautiful wife, Josephine, along with five children — one of which he never had the opportunity to meet.
Excited to provide 2 tix to the #SuperBowl to the surviving family of @USArmy SGT Martin "Mick" LaMar of Sacramento (KIA 01/15/2011). Humbled to work with @USAA & @TAPSOrg to honor his legacy. We will never forget. #SaluteToService 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OFeE4cQV2t
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) January 23, 2020
Thanks to a partnership with USAA, Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Kittle was able to provide the family the means to get away from their nightmare, even if just for a short time. The entire family are reportedly big fans of the 49ers and are thrilled to see them play in this year’s Super Bowl.
“As I hit the field to play in the Super Bowl, I find comfort in the fact that 49ers fans Josie and Nicolas LaMar will be cheering our team on,” Kittle said. “It’s a special privilege to be able to team up with USAA and TAPS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant LaMar’s family in recognition of his military service and paying the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.”