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Some Military Vets In San Diego Tweet Support For Kaepernick's Protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Nov. 8, 2015.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Nov. 8, 2015.

Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem is apparently winning support from some military veterans on Twitter.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy during the NFL's preseason by sitting instead of standing during the "Star-Spangled Banner." Kaepernick said he's protesting what he describes as oppression of minorities in the U.S. Some who have criticized the protest said it was insulting to veterans.

But some people who identify themselves as veterans have tweeted pictures of themselves in uniform and messages of support under the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick. One says he served to protect freedoms, not a song. Another says protesting is every American's right.

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Kaepernick said he will continue his protest ahead of Thursday's preseason game in San Diego.