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Bengals Host Hundreds of Military Members at Ravens Game

Hundreds of military members and their families enjoyed Sunday's Ravens game as part of the Bengals' relationship with the Armed Forces Tickets Association - Cincinnati (AFTA).

AFTA was created to show appreciation to armed forces, guard and reserves men, women and their families by making available tickets to various sporting and entertainment events.

"We are unique in that we treat the whole family," said Dianne Ashcraft, AFTA Web Administrator. "We remember the kids, we remember the spouses. This is one way that we can thank our military and show them that their sacrifice means something. Their gratitude is off the charts."

AFTA was founded in 2008 and has distributed more than 100,000 tickets to sporting and entertainment events in the Cincinnati area.

"What it really shows is that people value the volunteers that are serving our country," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow. "It means a lot to us to know that is being recognized."

The Bengals are one of more than 50 organizations AFTA works with to distribute tickets.

"This is my fourth year coming to the Bengals game through AFTA," said Eric Meyer, who served in the U.S. Air Force. "AFTA does a lot of good work. They help to get a lot of organizations in the community involved with active military and veterans.

To learn more about AFTA, visit

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