Colin Kaepernick is free to not stand for the national anthem. America is a country of freedom

I am a military veteran, and I would like to express my freedom of speech on this matter. I understand where he is coming from. Now I want him to understand where I am coming from. 

Every time he decides not to stand for the national anthem of this country, he is disrespecting every American man and woman of all nationalities (because the military does not discriminate based on race) who died to keep this country free and protected his right to decide whether or not to stand for the national anthem. 

He is being selfish at this point. He talks about communities that are oppressed; let's talk about the bloodshed, the lives lost, the moms, dads, sons, daughters, aunts and uncles who came home in a flag-draped box so he could sit during the national anthem. Sometimes we don't always get what we want. 

It's simply called respect. 

Misty Meyer 

U.S. Army veteran 

Winter Haven