CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Super Bowl is just a few weeks away and Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey says he awarded a trip to the big game to a military veteran!
McCaffrey teamed up with USAA, Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, and the Wounded Warrior Project, to award a deserving military member an experience of a lifetime.
Here are details on the military veteran who is going to the game:
Alexander Carl Somerson
As a sergeant in the United States Army from 2004-2009, Alex Somerson was assigned to 1/327 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, where he was twice deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge. Upon returning home, Alex was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been involved with Wounded Warrior Project since 2011. He has been connected with numerous programs that have helped him transition back into civilian life where he has helped guide and mentor fellow veterans into law enforcement careers. Alex is planning on bring his wire Shawna, also an Army veteran, to the Super Bowl. They currently reside in in Mooresville, North Carolina, with their two children.
McCaffrey is scheduled to meet with Somerson and other military members at USAA’s Salute to Service Lounge on Saturday, February 2nd in Atlanta. Open only to current military, veterans, and their families, the lounge will feature NFL, players, coaches, personalities, and legends. Events like this are an example of how USAA uses its NFL partnership to authentically honor and appreciate our military.
“Teaming up with USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project to award a trip to the Super Bowl to a military veteran is a special honor,” said Christian McCaffrey. “I am very much looking forward to meeting Sergeant Alex Somerson and his wife in Atlanta at the Super Bowl and personally thank both of them for their service to our country.”