Falcons guard Ben Garland attended the United States Air Force Academy and served two years of active duty before resuming his football career, so he has a close connection to the armed forces that has extended to his off-field work with the community.
Garland’s recent work has included organizing outings to Falcons practice for veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, providing tickets to games to families of veterans and surprising three military families with tickets to Super Bowl LIII. He also donated $40,000 to a fundraiser designed to send kids from military families to football camp and the NFLPA has recognized Garland’s efforts by naming him this week’s Community MVP.
“My family has a long proud history of service in the armed forces, so I was raised understanding what the families of loved ones go through,” Garland said. “During my service, I met the most incredible people – brave, selfless, intelligent, athletic, hard-working men and women of character. I want to give back as much as I can to fellow service members.”
The NFLPA will donate $10,000 to Garland’s foundation or a charity of his choice. Garland and the other weekly honorees will be eligible for the Alan Page Community Award at the end of the season.