28 Jan Camp Lejeune Marine receives free Superbowl tickets from Panthers’ McCaffrey
Sgt. Major Luis “Chino” Leiva, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, will get to attend the Superbowl in Miami, FL Feb. 2 thanks to a gift of two tickets from the Carolina Panthers’ All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey is joining forces with USAA, an insurance and financial services company focused on the needs of military members, and the Marine Corps Association and Foundation to provide the Superbowl trip for Leiva. The USAA serves as the NFL’s Salute to Service partner. To honor Leiva on Game Day, McCaffrey plans to greet him and other military members at the USAA’s Salute to Service lounge. Leiva, who is a New York native, is planning to go to the Superbowl with his brother.
Sgt. Major Leiva has been a member of the Marine Corps since 1990. He is currently stationed at the School of Infantry East/Camp Geiger, which is part of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. His deployment locations include Japan, South Korea, Iraq (2006-07), and Afghanistan (2009-10).
Leiva has earned several honors. Those include:
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation with four gold stars
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a gold star
- Combat Action Ribbon with a gold star
- Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star
McCaffrey issued this statement about Leiva.
Sgt. Major Leiva started serving this country in the Marines before I was born and is still serving today, which is remarkable. I am thankful to be able to team up with USAA and the MCA&F to award a trip to the Superbowl to Sergeant Major Leiva and am looking forward to personally thanking him for his continued service when we meet at the Superbowl.”
About the NFL’s Salute to Service
The National Football League’s Salute to Service efforts have raised approximately $10 million since 2011. The league uses these funds to support its non-profit military appreciation partners. Those partners include organizations such as the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and Pat Tillman Foundation.
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