George Kittle, USAA, TAPs have given the family of a fallen soldier a Super Bowl trip

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49ers tight end George Kittle is doing what he can to acknowledge and support a family that suffered the loss of a man who was serving his country.

Kittle, working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, has given the family of Martin “Mick” LaMar a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Mick LaMar died in Mosul, Iraq on January 15, 2011 — the anniversary of his wedding. He left behind a wife and five children. A veteran of Desert Storm, Martin re-enlisted in 2007 and did two tours in Iraq.

“It’s just the work I do with the USAA and the Taps organization, which is something I’ve really kind of fallen in love with,” Kittle told reporters on Friday. “I have a lot of family in the military, so it’s something that I just respect and the sacrifice that they give is the ultimate sacrifice. So, if I can ever give back and make a family’s day or just make them smile a little bit, then I feel like I’ve done a little part in their lives.”

Kittle was scheduled to meet LaMar’s widow, Josie, and their 16-year-old son, Nicholas, on Friday. Both became 49ers fans because LaMar was. Nicholas was only seven when his father died.

11 responses to “George Kittle, USAA, TAPs have given the family of a fallen soldier a Super Bowl trip

  1. Kittle has become one of those players that you just want to root for, no matter which team you’re a fan of. He plays the game the right way, he’s entertaining in interviews and he appears to be a great person off the field as well.

  2. George Kittle, USAA, TAPs have given the family of a fallen soldier a Super Bowl trip
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    Just 1, why not 10 or 101? How do you look at just one of those families and say “they’re more deserving than all the others”?

  3. jerryhassler5871 says:
    January 26, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Very gracious of him in doing this.
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    Truly gracious people would do this without any recognition what so ever therefore I’d never expect as much out of Kittle, a guy that’s never seen a mic or camera he didn’t like!

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