"A report released in 2015 by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake found that the Pentagon spent $6.8 million on sports marketing contracts with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer on what the senators dubbed “paid patriotism.” ** The practice was subsequently banned by the Pentagon**…Kurt M. Rauschenberg, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, wrote in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. “Generally, these are considered community relations programs involving the team reaching out to the local National Guard asking for them to conduct honor guard, flag unfurling, or** fly-overs**. Those are of no extra cost to the government and very normal.”
Excuse me? Flyovers? So people are volunteering to fly privately owned fighter jets using their own fuel?
Is the DoD still using our money to ‘advertise’ during the National Anthem?