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Demario Davis is Saints' Salute to Service Award Nominee

Each NFL team presented their club's USAA's Salute to Service Award for 2021, and Demario Davis is the Saints nominee.

The NFL announced their 2021 list of nominees for USAA's Salute to Service Award on Monday morning. For the Saints, Demario Davis is the team's nominee. This is the 11th annual award for the league, which recognizes NFL players, coaches, staff and alumni with demonstrable commitment to honoring and supporting military and veteran communities.

USAA will contribute $25,000 in the recipient's name to official aid societies representing all U.S. military branches. In addition, the NFL will match USAA's contribution by donating an additional $25,000 to the awardee's military or veteran charity of choice.

Per the NFL release, Davis comes from a family with extensive military service and respect for its importance. His father, Steven Davis, is a veteran of 31 years in the U.S. Army, special forces member and six-time combat veteran. 

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Davis has participated in events during his playing career to provide moral support for military members. Even when he was a member of the New York Jets, he and a teammate served as opposing coaches for an eight-on-eight flag football game. Given Davis' firsthand knowledge of the experience of having a family member who serves in the military, he understands that these individuals are often away from home. As a result, he often works with children of active military through his Devoted Dreamers Foundation, which in addition to a seven-on-seven football team, also specializes in teaching young men and women important life skills.

This past spring, Davis, along with four other active NFL stars, participated in an episode of Family Feud against a group of NFL legends that aired in August. As part of defeating the legends, Davis and his teammates' winnings were donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit that builds comfort homes located at military and VA medical centers where military and veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.

He is a co-founder of the S.H.I.E.L.D I foundation, which he works with to build underserved communities from the ground up, including New Orleans, by focusing on setting them up for long-term sustainability. Davis has a long-term vision to provide US Military veterans with services including long term health and disability insurance, financial assistance, mental health services, professional development, counseling, and financial literacy. 

Davis said, "I think Celebrities and athletes get looked up to all the time, but our military are among the real heroes in our nation." 

"These are the people who should be celebrated as heroes in our country, who constantly lay their lives on the line for us to enjoy our freedom. We wouldn't be able to live the lives we do if it wasn't for what they do every day."

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