Tailgate for Troops: How one Army-Navy pregame party will raise thousands for wounded vets

Dan Wing
December 08, 2018 - 9:49 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- For the 119th time, Army and Navy will do battle in a game of football later this afternoon. The game at Lincoln Financial Field kicks off at 3 p.m., but tailgaters will be there closer to sunrise.

One tailgate will get started before the game, and won't end till well after the game is over, and it’s all about helping wounded veterans.

Even though the founders have known each other for much longer, the first official 'Tailgate for Troops' event was held in 2007 and has grown each year.

Now 11 years later, hundreds of volunteers from around the country will help set up what's become known as "the Mother of All Tailgates."

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Steve Fischer of Baby Blues Barbeque in West Philadelphia will be helping out as the group serves about 4,000-5,000 people at this year's game.

He says everything is free, but donations are definitely welcome.

“A lot of the folks that come to the tailgate, you know, "here's $10," or "here's $20." And, you know, they get eat fantastic food, have great drinks, a great event, live music, we've got food from all over the country," Fischer said.

Last year's 'Tailgate for Troops' raised over $25,000, which helped build a handicap accessible home for a retired Marine who had lost both legs overseas.