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Packers receive plaque from state for dedication to veterans


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers were recognized on Veterans Day for their continued efforts in supporting Wisconsin veterans.

"The plaque is given by the state of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in grateful recognition of the steadfast support of Wisconsin's military veterans by the Green Bay Packers," read Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. 

Governor Scott Walker spoke about the rich tradition of both Wisconsin's ties to the U.S. military, but the Green Bay Packers organization and how they stand up for veterans.

"So many fans, particularly young fans across the state, view our players as heroes," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. "I think we all know the real heroes are the active military and the veterans here today."

According to a release, the Packers hosted military appreciation events in both 2010 and 2011 for Veterans Day.  They have also joined with Wisconsin Office for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and Wisconsin Public Television to host a “Hiring our Heroes” job fair.

Additionally, they provided a $5,000 NFL Charities National Partnership Fund Grant for a new Medal of Honor memorial.