Army Ranger Who Gave Sarah Sanders His Jacket NEVER Expected What She’d Give Him In Return

Last week, an Army Ranger stationed in South Korea lent White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders his camouflage jacket when he noticed that she was shivering. His chivalrous gesture instantly went viral when photos of the sweet moment surfaced on social media. However, the soldier never expected what Sander would give him in return for his good deed.

Sarah Sanders accompanied President Trump on his twelve-day journey through Asia, which saw POTUS visit five nations in all. It was a historic trip and one that was tremendously prudent at the present time, with North Korea’s aggressiveness seemingly escalating by the day.

The second leg of the president’s Asia trip saw him travel to South Korea, where he had planned to survey the demilitarized zone. However, harsh weather conditions did not permit President Trump to go through with his visit to the DMZ.

Trump’s unscheduled attempt to visit the Korean DMZ was foiled by dense fog that forced his Marine One helicopter to turn around when he was just 5 minutes from the landing zone.

Military pilots in the airborne convoy couldn’t see each other and decided to scrub the mission.

Sanders said the president was disappointed, even as he waited gamely for nearly an hour in his limousine for the weather to clear. Instead, she said ruefully, it got worse. [Source: Daily Mail]

Nevertheless, there was another newsworthy event which unfolded, even though President Trump was unable to make the trek through the demilitarized zone.

Army Ranger Bobby Zizelman rose to quick internet fame last week after it was revealed that he gave his jacket to Sarah Huckabee Sanders when he noticed she was cold.

Huckabee was giving a briefing to reporters on Trump’s expected movements in North Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) when Zizelman noticed her shivering in the cold.

He immediately rushed over and gave her his military issued jacket so she could finish briefing reporters.

The media immediately blew up and made him a star for being such a gentleman to Sarah so she would not have to be cold. [Source: US Truth Wire]

Among those who applauded Zizelman was Sanders’ own father, Governor Mike Huckabee, who even encouraged President Trump to give the soldier a promotion. “Tribute on this Veterans Day to US Army Chinook pilot Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Zizelman,” Huckabee wrote on Twitter, calling the Ranger “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

The accolades continued to pour in, with Sanders herself getting in on the action. “A huge Thank you to Army Ranger Bobby Zizelman!” Sanders tweeted, giving the soldier a special shout out on Veterans Day. “Next time I’ll dress for the occasion!” added the press secretary jokingly.

Bobby Zizelman is a true hero. But, sadly, many Americans worship the overpaid professional athletes kneeling before NFL games instead of real men like this Army Ranger, who has single-handedly proven that chivalry is not dead. We thank Zizelman and his fellow members of the military for their selfless service and the sacrifices they make which can never fully be repaid. Let’s give him the recognition that he deserves.

Army Ranger Who Was Only Player To Stand For Anthem Shocks Americans With What He Did On Veterans Day

Two days after President Trump blasted NFL players who chose to disrespect the flag in September, hundreds of players knelt in protest during the national anthem or stayed in their team locker room. One team that remained in their locker room was the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Mike Tomlin stated before the September 24 game that the team would stay in their locker room during the national anthem, but that is not what ended up happening.

When the national anthem began to play, one player was spotted outside the tunnel with his hand over his heart. That player was offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan.

Now, Villanueva is planning something rather special for veterans across the country this Veterans Day weekend that will have red-blooded Americans cheering. 

This weekend, many fans will be watching to see what NFL players will do in regards to their disrespectful national anthem protest. For months, the American people have witnessed NFL players kneeling during the national anthem essentially spitting the face of veterans across the country. It has not been confirmed if teams will kneel during the national anthem during today’s games, but we do know that Alejandro Villanueva has something else planned.

Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers is passing out Army decals to all his teammates to wear on their helmets in today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts which to many fans if a breath of fresh air.  

Here is more from ESPN:

The Steelers will recognize Veterans Day this weekend by wearing helmet decals representing the various Army divisions in an effort led by left tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

Villanueva, whose background as a former Army Ranger made him a prominent figure in the league’s controversy over the national anthem, told ESPN he is presenting each Steelers teammate with an Army decal to wear for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. A player will represent one Army division, as Villanueva has decals representing 13 different divisions that he will spread around the locker room.

“It’s just a small-unit patch that really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the history behind it means the whole world to a lot of veterans,” Villanueva said. “They died for that patch. When you watch the Steelers on Sunday and you see the flash of the 10th [Mountain] division and the 7th [Infantry] division … you’re calling out specific units.”

Villanueva was part of two divisions, 10th Mountain and 75th Ranger Regiment, and served in Afghanistan before becoming an NFL player.

He is pairing the decals with players whose personalities match the spirit of a specific division. Villanueva received the decals from the Army football team and said he has cleared their game-day usage through the Steelers.

As an example of his process, Villanueva will give right tackle Chris Hubbard the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division decal because the player and division are known for reserved but efficient workmanship. Backup quarterback Landry Jones gets the 1st Armored Division in part because Jones knows Villanueva’s brother-in-law, who served with that division.

During protests in Week 3, Villanueva stood alone outside of the tunnel during the national anthem, which he and other players classified as a confusion in the Steelers’ attempt to respond to President Donald Trump’s explosive comments about NFL players days earlier.

Villanueva said Veterans Day was an ideal time to honor soldiers through the decals since the NFL allows it this week. He has notified coach Mike Tomlin of his plans.

But Villanueva knows that alone won’t bridge what he calls a growing divide between the NFL and parts of the military. He notices this when he visits veteran hospitals every Tuesday.

“There’s tension between the veteran community and the NFL. You go to VFW’s, and they won’t show NFL games,” Villanueva said. “[Veterans] don’t know if it’s, ‘Do we have to live in a utopian, perfect country for you to stand up for the national anthem?’ It’s a very tough concept for a lot of veterans to understand. I go back and forth because I’m in the middle of this whole thing. I’m a football player, but obviously, the flag is the most important thing to me while I’m in this country.

“At the end of the day, people love football. It’s a reality. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of this great sport because of the unfortunate things that are surrounding things happening off the field.”

It is wonderful to witness a player honoring our veterans, but will it be enough to reverse the damage that has been done. For months, too many players have spit in the face of our nation’s heroes by kneeling during the national anthem that a simple decal on a helmet isn’t enough to erase that disrespect.

Now, of course, this is a kind gesture by Villanueva and a great start in repairing the damage done by these nasty protests, but it will take more than a decal to change everyone’s feelings. 


Former Army Ranger Player Just Got NASTY Surprise From Black Coach After Defying Demand To Protest

Sunday football was more about the protests that far more players partook in this weekend than it was about the game. For every player who took a knee, hid in the locker room, or otherwise intentionally avoided the National Anthem, they feel like they won in a tug-of-war against our president who told them to stand.

One former Army Ranger who now plays for the Steelers knows what the anthem means more than his protesting coach and teammates. He defied coach Mike Tomlin’s demand that the whole team sit out for the anthem and stay inside the locker room to send a point to the country and President Donald Trump.

The whole team followed Tomlin’s disgusting demand except Alejandro Villanueva, a retired Army Ranger who did 3 tours in Afghanistan. He was immediately branded a hero for patriotism on Sunday by people who may not be a Steelers or even NFL fan but immediately became a supporter of Villanueva. The brave offensive lineman busted out of the locker room and onto the field, with his hand over his heart as soon as he heard the anthem start.

He stood alone as the sole patriot of the team and the NFL yesterday. This went directly against his coach’s orders who didn’t seem remotely happy that he stole the attention from his anti-American message he was hoping to send. Villanueva’s incredible show of patriotism far overshadowed anything that Tomlin thought he was going to say that day, and now he’s making the player pay a nasty price for his patriotic action.

According to the Daily Caller, Tomlin didn’t care that the vote to not participate wasn’t unanimous, he was going to force everyone on the team to comply with his opinion on the matter anyway. When the former Army Ranger rightfully didn’t listen, he found out two-fold what happens when you defy a coach who is an angry enough individual to force all of his players into protests, whether they agree with it or not.

Fox News reports:

For Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, being “respectful of our football team” trumped the right of Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to show respect for the national anthem.

Speaking after his team’s 23-17 loss to the Bears, Tomlin appeared to take a swipe at the Bronze Star recipient’s decision. 

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin told the media that, prior to kickoff Sunday, the Steelers held a team meeting and decided, though not unanimously, to not come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

What Tomlin is probably actually upset about is that his statement of sitting in the locker room was overtaken by the completely opposite message Villanueva sent. However, to come out and disrespect the former Army Ranger after he stood for the anthem he once fought to defend, is even more deplorable.

This wasn’t lost on the American people who responded with their wallets. Just as thousands of fans have boycotted the NFL to not pay to support these protests, they are willing to spend money when it’s for the right things, as was shown when Villanueva’s jersey sales skyrocketed overnight, while protesting players’ plummeted.

“Sales of the former Army Ranger’s jersey on shot up to the highest-seller among Pittsburgh Steelers jersey as of just 10 PM Eastern time,” according to the Daily Caller.

Additionally, Villanueva’s jersey sales rocketed into the top sellers in the entire league as of 7:45 PM EST behind only Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, Brown, and Aaron Rodgers, 247 Sports reported.”

This proves that the American people support patriotic players, especially war heroes, more than they do divisive protests. If anyone knows a thing about why we stand for the flag regardless of our misguided feelings, it’s Villanueva, who fought for it, and Senior Airman Brian Kolfage who lost three limbs in war over it. Kolfage came out publicly to defend what Villanueva did while the player’s coach rapped him for it.

“Three tours to Afghanistan and a Bronze Star with Valor,” triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient Kolfage began on Facebook today.

“Villanueva earned his Bronze Star medal with a Valor device for heroism in combat in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, while assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. After his team was ambushed by the Taliban, Villanueva helped evacuate three wounded soldiers, one of whom, Pfc. Jesse Dietrich, later died from his wounds. Villanueva carried one of the wounded men on his shoulders during the firefight.”

“After everything Villanueva went through in combat it was outright outrageous for coach Tomlin to even suggest he sit the anthem out. And anyone who has been in his situation or in combat knows exactly why. Kaepernick and his minions are chumps.”

Three tours to Afghanistan and a Bronze Star with Valor. Villanueva earned his Bronze Star medal with a Valor device…

Posted by Senior Airman Brian Kolfage on Monday, September 25, 2017

If Tomlin wants to talk about showing respect for a team, he could learn a lot about what that really means from these guys who never leave a brother behind.