49ers’ Jim Harbaugh and rookies honored to meet Mike Viti



The San Francisco 49ers rookies were full of smiles Friday morning as they had the opportunity to meet a true hero in United State Army Captain Mike Viti. A Platoon leader as Viti served in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan from 2010-11 while earning a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his exemplary service has now headed a new task as he has been hiking to honor the legacies of heroes who have been killed in action during the global war on terror.

Viti recently teamed up with Freedom Has A Face, a non-profit organization devoted to honoring the lives of this nation’s killed-in-action heroes, to accomplish his mission of Mike’s Hiking For Heroes. A long hike that started back on April 26, Viti will travel across the country as he finishes up at the Army v. Navy game on December 13.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh shared his thoughts on Viti’s accomplishments and what it means to have heroes like Viti protecting our country as he said:

“Just a respect we have as an organization as a team for our military and also for the cause that Mike has embarked on. Walked over 7,100 kilometers to the Army, Navy game. For the 6,100 that have fallen in war on terrorism. One kilometer for each of those person’s whose fallen in the war on terror.”

Viti then opened up by saying:

“I was fortunate enough to speak to the rookie class about the cause and why we’re doing what we’re doing. The root of it is to honor the legacy of the 6,810 heroes who gave their lives to the world war on terror…for me it’s being able to successfully raise awareness to a sensitive topic.”

On his thoughts about coach Harbaugh:

“The way he runs his organization and the culture and the vision he has for his team. I think there’s a lot of parallels right there.”

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