Report: Bills among 14 NFL teams that received taxpayer money for troop tributes

(WBAY/MEDIA GENERAL) – A number of NFL teams were paid taxpayer money to honor troops at games, according to a report from

The report, titled “Which NFL Teams got your federal tax dollars?”, says the Department of Defense paid $5.4 million to 14 teams from 2011-2014.

The report shows that the Bills were paid $29,000 on Sept. 21, 2011; $250,000 on June 7, 2012 and May 15, 2013; and $150,000 on Sept. 5, 2014. Each payment came from the DoD.

Other teams paid by the DoD, according to the report, include; the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.

The news comes at a time when lawmakers are working to cut military spending. Some have called these payouts wasteful. reports the National Guard defended the arrangement with the NFL, saying it is an ‘effective recruitment tool.’ provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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