Veteran organizations are handing out 'Big Bad John' USS McCain shirts at Trump's 4th of July event

Elizabeth Howe
June 24, 2019 - 12:12 pm

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It's still unclear what exactly happened between President Donald Trump and the USS John McCain during the president's recent trip to Japan — but there are two veteran organizations that seem rather determined to make sure no one forgets about the incident just yet. 

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VoteVets and Rags of Honor, a shop that employs homeless veterans, are teaming up to distribute "Big Bad John" shirts at the president's July 4th festivities on National Mall. 

The shirts, which feature the name and image of the USS John S. McCain, are meant to honor the military service and sacrifice of the McCain family. 

Rags of Honor approached VoteVets seeking help in publicizing and distributing the shirts, according to a VoteVets tweet. Now you can help too by donating or purchasing a shirt here.

Even though they "may have had political battles against Senator McCain," VoteVets wrote that "what has bound us together since 1776 - the belief in something larger than yourself – is always worth honoring on the Fourth."

The president's July 4th festivities officially called "Salute to America," will include music, military demonstrations, and flyovers — the focus of the event is honoring the five branches of the military. However, some have expressed concern that Trump's event may politicize what is traditionally a nonpartisan celebration.

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