It seems to have gone on forever, this linking protests and actions like Colin Kaepernick's and John Carlo's of decades ago (who I've met, and was a fine guy) with showing disrespect for people in the military or who have been in the military. I'm having none of it.
I was in the military, and was in one of our countries fine little wars, part of 1966 through most of '68, with a short recess in Bethesda Medical Center. To say that someone who is protesting the way our country has treated and is treating minorities is somehow insulting me by choosing to not stand for the national anthem is bullshit.
In fact, if the national anthem is somehow linked to the war we waged in Vietnam, I ain't standing either. We barged into the middle of a civil war that had been going on for decades on a trumped up charge (Gulf of Tonkin Incident) and probably supported the wrong side. The 'domino theory', that if South Vietnam fell to the North communism would spread around the globe was a load of crap.
Just speaking for myself here. Only three other vets I know about that read this, and I don't speak for them. If somehow not standing during the anthem can move us one micrometer forward in the arena of racism, I'm sitting too.