This year, USAA presents its 6th annual Salute to Service Award. The award, presented annually by USAA and the NFL, honors a current or former league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL. There is a nominee from each team in the NFL.
This year, the nominee for the Washington Redskins is former Guard, Derrick Dockery. Dockery was nominated by the Redskins because of his appreciation for the military, launching Yellow Ribbons United, with his wife Emma in 2012. The organization strives to close the gap between military service and civilian responsibility by encouraging Americans to move beyond the gratitude they have for our military's service to actively expressing their appreciation through civic and social action. In 2012, Derrick sadly lost his brother-in-law, Army Sgt. David Williams, when he was killed during his deployment near Kandahar, Afghanistan. You can learn more about Yellow Ribbons United at their website, http://www.yellowribbonsunited.org/
Finalists for the award are announced in January. The recipient will be recognized at the "6th Annual NFL Honors" awards show in Houston on FOX on Saturday, Feb. 4, the night before the Super Bowl.
Past recipients of the award include Vincent Jackson (2015), Jared Allen (2014), John Harbaugh (2013), Charles Tillman (2012), and the late Tennessee Titans owner, K.S. "Bud" Adams, a WWII veteran (2011).