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Why Veterans Day means so much to Roger Staubach

"I'm proud to be veteran," said former Vietnam veteran and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. AP Photo/Brandon Wade

IRVING, Texas -- Roger Staubach was at the airport not too long ago when he started talking with a military member who was in uniform.

"A woman came up to him and gave him a couple hundred bucks and said, 'Hey, take your friends to lunch,'" Staubach said. "They were in their fatigues, so she knew they were military guys. He didn't want to take the money but she wouldn't let him give back. He said, 'The meaning of something like that is that people care about us. It's unbelievable how important that is to us that this country cares about us.'"

As a veteran of the Vietnam War, Veterans Day holds a special place in the heart of the Dallas Cowboys' Hall of Fame quarterback.

"I'm proud to be veteran," Staubach said. "I graduated from the Naval Academy but I didn't retire in service. Those are my heroes. They spent more time in service than me. I'm glad to be a part of the fraternity there in service for four years and it means a lot to me to honor veterans and also have people say, 'Roger, thanks for your service.' The veterans deserve this."

Staubach is working with USAA, promoting the group's Salute to Service program in which a military member can earn a trip to Super Bowl 50. Staubach joined USAA in 1965. The group also honors military members with events with NFL teams, including practices on bases and combines where members go through the same drills as NFL draftees.

Staubach has asked fans to join USAA in honoring the military by logging on to www. SaluteToService.com and join a social media salute with current NFL players ex-Cowboy DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen and Steve Smith.

During halftime of last week's Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Staubach and Chad Hennings, an Air Force veteran, presented a service dog to a wounded veteran through the Canine Companions program.

"It really is an important part of kind of rehabbing a veteran who has had some issues or with the veteran who was there that night, he lost his leg," Staubach said. "He's a great guy and he was really excited, his whole family was in getting the dog."