The end of summer and beginning of a new school year bring the return of football season. And the first night of the NFL season means it must be time for Home of the Free … Because of the Brave hosted by the Military Bowl Foundation and board member Paul Norman.
The event, held annually for the past 15 years, brings together supporters of our nation’s armed forces and recovering service members to enjoy a memorable night at one of the National Capital Region’s top restaurants while watching the NFL season-opening game.
Each year, several dozen service members, their family members and caregivers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are complimentary guests at Home of the Free … Because of the Brave. It is an opportunity for these brave men and women to take in a special night away from the everyday stresses of their recoveries. They also are invited to attend that year’s Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, with complimentary tickets that include hospitality.
The dinner’s others guests purchase tickets that pay for their meals as well as those of the service members, their families and caregivers. Additional proceeds from Home of the Free … Because of the Brave benefit Patriot Point, the Military Bowl Foundation’s 290-acre retreat for recovering service members, their families and caregivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The crowd also includes several VIPs, such as Medal of Honor Recipients and other service members.
“It is incredibly satisfying to see the difference that Home of the Free … Because of the Brave makes, both for our invited guests and those who purchase tickets and sponsorships to show their gratitude to the men and women of our Armed Forces,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Every year, we leave the dinner inspired to make the next year ever better because we see the impact it has.”