Tuesday, May 10, 2011

shake hands with a hero

Thank you to Procter & Gamble, Kroger and the USO for sponsoring this blog post and the Shake Hands With A Hero initiative. Please click here to learn more about this program. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Over the last few weeks, for various reasons I have been thinking a lot about being married to a military man. While I did grow up in the military and consider myself a military brat, being a wife is a brand new ball game. Even after almost six years as a girlfriend turned wife I still struggle to figure it all out.

Part of the struggle is how I see society viewing the military. I have come to realize it really makes a huge difference where you live. Spending most of my young adult life in San Diego I lived in a city that has a huge military community and really embraces the servicemen and women and their families. I cannot express how huge it is for your community to show it's gratitude for what these fearless and selfless individuals do every day. While you might not agree with the war I think it is safe to say we all can appreciate the sacrifices these men and women make for us to continue to have these wonderful freedoms and rights in America. These men and women made an oath and commitment to defend our freedom and country so we can continue to live our lives the way we want.

I truly love the idea of "shake a hero's hand". This is our opportunity to let every sailor, soldier, and marine we appreciate the sacrifices they make.  A simple gesture to say thank you and let them know they are not forgotten.

I love that Procter & Gamble and Kroger and have partnered together to support the USO.  The USO is an amazing organization that provides hundreds of free entertainment events to servicemembers and their families each year. The USO does a ridiculously crazy job giving deployed sailors/soldiers/marines an opportunity to have a moment where they can forget the stress of being away from their family and defending our freedom.   

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kroger and its family of stores have partnered together to support the USO – an organization that provides an extensive range of programs at more than 150 centers in 27 countries and at hundreds of entertainment events each year to support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of troops and their families, free of charge – in its mission to help American troops and their families. Through the partnership Kroger will donate $250,000 to the USO.

As part of the partnership Kroger and P&G have created an opportunity to let consumers virtually “shake hands with a hero” – the proper custom to show your gratitude to US soldiers in uniform to thank them for their service to our country. The first 50,000 people who utilize the microsite application (at www.honoringourheroes.com) to shake a soldier’s hand will receive a coupon (loaded to their Kroger Plus Card) for $1 off P&G products.


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