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Former NFL player and U.S. Army Green Beret Nate Boyer wrote an open letter to President Trump and Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers player who started the national anthem protests, asking them to meet and try to heal the country.

Boyer said he thinks such a meeting would be "incredibly powerful" and would help the nation come together after increased controversy over NFL players kneeling for the national anthem to protest systemic racism in America.

The Army veteran said many of the kneeling players do not hate police officers but would like to see better police training and policy.

"Most cops are incredible people, and it's a really hard job," he said. "The majority of the players that are even kneeling are more about action and programs."

"If we all want to see change whether it's we want to see people take that pride in the anthem and the flag that we feel or if it's about social injustices, those are the conversations that have to take place," he encouraged.

"It seems like we just hate each other; and that is far more painful to me than any protest, or demonstration, or rally, or tweet," Boyer's letter reads. "I do feel that I echo the sentiments of most war fighters when I say that what we hope for more than anything right now in America is unity."

So far Boyer has not received a response.


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