Many times the offseason focus in the NFL is on player behavior off the field. We lose sight of the cool things players do for communities, like Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson, who recently published a children's book for military families. Jackson, himself the son of two military parents, and wife hosted 80 kids with military parents and showed off their first book, Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment, back in June. It was a particularly relevant book coming shortly after Memorial Day and remains relevant now with the Fourth of July upon us. It's the sort of thing -- according to Betsey Fortlouis, executive director of Camp Corral, a free, summer camp for kids of wounded/disabled/fallen military service members -- which can shine a "high-profile" light on an oft-overlooked section of society. "Given his status as a star NFL receiver, it's gratifying to see Vincent Jackson support other military children in such a high-profile yet personal way," Fortlouis told CBSSports.com. "Growing up with two parents who served in the United States Army, Jackson understands the challenges faced by children of deployed service members. His efforts are the sort of selfless act we hope will raise awareness for such an important group of people to those brave men and women who serve our nation." All the proceeds from Jackson's book go to his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, dedicated to helping the "educational, emotional and physical health" of children of military parents.
Vincent Jackson writes a book for kids of military parents
CBS Sports | Jul 3