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The Buccaneers are honored to celebrate the courageous and patriotic men and women that serve our country through military service.

Bucs military initiatives have impacted thousands of military families throughout the Bay area. The organization remains committed to assisting, honoring and celebrating the men and women of our armed forces - as well as their families.

“This is Tampa’s team and the Bucs outpouring of affection is genuine,’’ Col. Randy Bright, Commander of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill said during a special military appreciation practice session held by the Buccaneers last season. “The motivation is to build relationships and interact with the military. It’s a phenomenal benefit from our point of view.”

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Salute To Service

As an expansion to the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative, where a regular-season game is dedicated to honoring the service of military men and women, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proudly support military men and women within the Tampa Bay community throughout the season. During every home game, together with the USO Central Florida, the Buccaneers celebrate a Hero of the Game, as well as invite servicemen and servicewomen to watch the game from our exclusive Tampa Bay Buccaneers Salute to Service Suite.

Salute To Service

Together with the NFL, the Buccaneers are proud and humbled to support members of the military in the Tampa Bay community and abroad through Salute to Service initiatives.

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Hero of the Game

At each home game a military Hero of the Game is stationed on the Pirate Ship to ring the ship bell and “ready the krewe” during pre-game festivities. These Heroes have valiantly served the United States of America and we are honored to tell their stories to our Buccaneers fans at each home game. Honorees include Wounded Warriors, as well as veterans from WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm wars.

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To view honorees click here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Hero of the Game

All season long, the Buccaneers recognize a particular service man or woman from one of the five major military branches on the field each game as the Hero of the Game.

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Bucs Support USO

The Bucs sponsored USO Welcome Center is a military-only lounge in Tampa International Airport (TIA) that caters to troops and military family members transiting through Tampa, providing an atmosphere that conveys our appreciation for our military. Amenities include Internet and e-mail access, TV, gaming stations, a reading room and complimentary food and drinks. USO volunteers assist with travel arrangements and greet service members upon their return from overseas. Additionally, the Welcome Center facilitates the USO's Families of the Fallen program, escorting family members from curbside to gate side during the dignified transfer of fallen service members and supports the airport’s Wounded Warrior Escort program.

Bucs Support USO

The Bucs sponsor the USO Central Florida Welcome Center at TPA to help provide a home away from home for thousands of military members and their families who travel through the Tampa area.

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Salute to Service Suite

Since 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Salute to Service Suite has provided an exclusive game day experience for hundreds of local military members. At each home game, the Buccaneers host a selection of service members as well as their guests in the Salute to Service Suite – welcoming them with a BucVision tribute during the second quarter. Honorees include active duty military and recent war veterans.

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To view honorees click here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Salute to Service Suite

Each game, the Buccaneers are proud to invite members of the military and their families to take in a Buccaneers game from our Salute to Service Suite.

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Military Family Award

Behind every exceptional service member, often times there is an equally exceptional family that provides a crucial support system. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers honor the incredible sacrifices made by these military families with the “General H Norman Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Award” presented each year to one active-duty family from each branch of the military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard/Reserves). These families are recognized for their demonstrated values of integrity, courage, commitment and service before self in service to our country.

Military Family Award

Started by the Buccaneers in 2015, the General H Norman Schwarzkopf Award is given annually to an outstanding military family that best exemplifies the military spirit of this country.

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Vincent Jackson and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

Growing up in a military family, Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has always felt a special duty to help military families. Focused on connecting with other military families, he and wife, Lindsey, launched the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation in 2012. The foundation incorporates the pride Jackson felt as a son to parents with a combined 25 years of military service, with an effort to combat the challenges that come along with a military upbringing. Jackson in Action 83 Foundation initiatives have helped families all over the Tampa Bay area.

Vincent Jackson and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

Buccaneers Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson knows what it’s like for military families because he grew up in one. He has made it his mission to connect with military families and try to ease the challenges they face.

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Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment

In 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers teamed up with Vincent Jackson’s Jackson in Action 83 Foundation to produce Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment.This is the first in a series of children’s books from Lindsey and Vincent Jackson centered around Danny Dogtags and his military family. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation in support of military families.

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Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment

A joint effort between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, Danny Dog Tags follows the story of a young boy growing up in a military family dealing with his father’s deployment.

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Military Day at Training Camp

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited active duty military, retired and veteran service members and their families to an exclusive military day at training camp.

Military Day at Training Camp

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invite active duty, retired and veteran military as well as their families to an exclusive Military Day at Training Camp.

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