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Rich Franklin takes ambassador role with Disabled

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Former UFC middleweight champion and UFC 93 headliner Rich Franklin has
joined the Disabled American Veterans organization as a spokesperson
and ambassador.Formal announcement of Franklin's involvement,
which will be the basis of a tribute program called "Real American
Fighters," will be formally announced on Tuesday (Veterans Day) during
his visit to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, DAV
officials have confirmed Franklin has been a longtime
supporter of the U.S. military and even left for the Middle East to
visit troops in the hours immediately following his UFC 88 victory over
Matt Hamill.Franklin's Real American Fighters program will
serve as a "tribute to the men and women of the U.S. military who have
been wounded in defense of our freedom," according to the DAV.The
initiative will receive funding from limited-edition American Fighter
T-shirts sold by Franklin and the apparel company, which he co-owns. He
also recently filmed a public service announcement for the
organization, and he will continue visiting disabled veterans on behalf
of the DAV while serving as an ambassador between the DVA and the
mixed-martial-arts community."I believe that no one should
ignore, forget or disregard the sacrifice that the men and women who go
to battle give," Franklin stated. "When I visit a disabled veteran who
has lost a limb or has an injury so severe that their life is changed
forever, I think we all need to get on our knees and thank God for
these real American fighters."The DAV formed in 1920 in the
wake of World War II. The nonpartisan organization, which represents
the nation's disabled veterans, is fully funded through its membership
dues and public contributions.Veterans are eligible for the DAV
if they were wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty
during a time of war. The nonprofit organization, which was chartered
by the U.S. Congress in 1932, has more than 1.2 million members."The
DAV is proud to have Rich Franklin fighting for disabled veterans,"
stated DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. "His reputation as a
tough, conditioned athlete is overshadowed only by his reputation as a
true patriot."Franklin, 34, next fights Jan. 17 when he meets
Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 93. The event takes place in
Dublin, Ireland.
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