Good use of taxpayer dollars?

You know all of those “salute to the military” exhibitions you see at NFL and other professional sports games? The giant flag being waved out in patriotic fervor where the home team honors our men and women serving in the military? Well, get ready for a Veteran’s Day surprise. Turns out that those teams aren’t simply doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. Instead, the Department of Defense is paying them taxpayer money, as much as $6.8 million by one estimate in an attempt to encourage recruitment into the armed services. So next time you’re sitting in an overpriced stadium seat eating an expensive hot dog and you see soldiers unrolling Old Glory to patriotic music, enjoy it all the more since you likely paid for the honor.