Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Posted in support of our friends at the DAV

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Rich “Ace” Franklin has faced some tough battles in the world of mixed martial arts. But none of his fights have been as tough as the adversity faced by our nation’s disabled veterans every day. Franklin will visit with patients at Brooke Army Medical Center on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) on Friday, November 6.

Franklin has been visiting sick and disabled veterans hospitalized during his entire UFC career, bringing cheer and encouragement to the men and women who sacrificed so much for the cause of liberty.

I believe that nobody should ignore, forget or disregard the sacrifices of our men and women who go into battle,” Franklin said. “I’m proud to team up with the DAV to honor the service of our sick and disabled veterans.

Franklin is a former two-time UFC middleweight champion. He holds wins over such notable fighters as Evan Tanner, Ken Shamrock and Nate Quarry.

In 2008, Franklin partnered with DAV to create “Real American Fighters,” which is a program based on the American Fighter brand he co-owns. The program honors our brave men and women in uniform and helps DAV to raise awareness among UFC fans of the struggles faced by disabled veterans and their families.

“I am humbled and honored to partner with DAV in the Real American Fighter program,” Franklin said. “the sacrifices of our service members makes the American way of life possible—including the freedom to enjoy sporting events like the UFC provides.

“I wouldn’t be where I am and doing what I do without this freedom. Real American Fighters is my way of thanking those who have provided it.”

Franklin has visited several VA medical centers and military hospitals. He also filmed a PSA for the DAV which has reached millions of homes nationwide.

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