On Monday morning, the Bolts welcomed veterans and current members from all branches of the military for a VIP day at training camp to honor their service to our country.
The veterans watched practice from a seated, tented area, and then made their way to the field after practice to meet and talk with players and Head Coach Anthony Lynn.
"I cannot begin to express all that I feel," said U.S. Navy veteran Ted Ott. "I'm a native Angeleno – born here and raised here. I love football. It's great to see the Chargers, and this is a wonderful day."
Mark Herrera, a rehabilitation therapist for Veterans Home of California – West LA, was grateful to have shared this experience with the veterans he works with.
"The veterans are so appreciative, and you can see the enthusiasm and excitement in their faces," Herrera said. "To me, that was very rewarding, just seeing them and their excitement."
Smiles radiated from both the veterans and the players after practice as the team came through to thank all the men and women for their service.
To Virgil Green, the moment meant a lot.
"It's good to have those guys come out and show our appreciation for what they've done," Green said. "My dad was in the Army and I got to see the sacrifices he made for our country first-hand. So, it's always good to shake their hands and let them know that we're thankful."
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Take a look at the best photos from Salute to Military Day at Training Camp.