John Harbaugh

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has his picture taken with members of the military after being given a flag that was flown over Afghanistan on a military mission (Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun / August 6, 2013)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has won the third annual NFL Salute to Service award.

He'll be presented with the award from the United Services Automobile Association on Saturday at the NFL Honors awards show in New York.

Harbaugh was a finalist along with Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. Harbaugh was also a finalist in 2011.

Harbaugh has been a strong supporter of the the U.S. military, including going on an NFL-USO coaches' tour of the Middle East in 2009.

Harbaugh has visited several military bases, bought school supplies for children whose parents are serving in the military overseas and put together care packages for troops serving abroad.

He started an annual Military Appreciation Day during training camp and invites wounded warriors as his guests to every home game.

The Ravens visited Gettysburg, Pa., last summer for players to learn about Civil War history.

Two years ago, Harbaugh won the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. It was presented to him by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

"The Salute to Service Award provides a unique opportunity to recognize individuals who are going above and beyond to support military and their families," USAA assistant vice president of media and sponsorship marketing Don Clark said in a statement. "Coach Harbaugh and Jared Allen show an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community and their families. We are thrilled to highlight their work and inspire others to do the same.”

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