Tomorrow, November 11, our nation will celebrate Veteran’s Day, to honor those who have served, and who are currently serving, in our country’s armed forces. I am so grateful for, and humbled by, the tremendous sacrifices made by these extraordinary men and women and their families. I feel like we have reached a sad point in our nation’s history, where the majority of our children and young adults have been reared not to love and respect all that our wonderful country has accomplished and stands for. They enjoy luxuries and privileges that are unparalleled anywhere else on earth and those fine things have been available for so long, there is a sense of entitlement and a disconnect from the price that was paid in order for all of us to enjoy them. I never want our kids or grandkids to be among those who fall for the “politically correct” revisionist-history propaganda that makes light of the proud, brave heritage of their nation or the courageous people who have fought, sacrificed and even given their lives, to ensure that the United States has become a place where those luxuries, freedoms and privileges can be enjoyed. I want them to respect and honor those who serve, and have served, in the U.S. military; to be proud of the courage, compassion and honor that leads them to do so and inspires them to defend our country. It’s important to me that they understand, and never forget, that someone else has paid an incredible price for our “rights” and peaceful home.
Just as special as the men and women, fighting and defending us on the front lines, are the families they must leave behind to do so. I have tremendous respect for the men and women willing to “hold down the fort” at home, often raising children as a single parent and holding down a job of their own, so their spouse can serve our country in one branch or another of the U.S. Armed Forces. They attend dance recitals, football games and parent-teacher conferences without their partner. They maintain the household and experience family fun, first steps, losing a first tooth, first school dances, etc. all without the person they most want to share those incredible times with. That sacrifice, from both parties, literally blows my mind. I am so thankful that they have the courage, passion and love of country to be willing to make it.
It’s important, to both David and I, that our children grow up understanding and respecting those sacrifices and the veterans who make them. We are an expressive and verbal family and I believe I may have mentioned, (once or twice or a dozen times 🙂 ) that conversation around our family dining table is boisterous, laughter-filled, and fun. It can also be serious, reverent and passionate. Multiple conversations happen at one time and the dozen or more people around our table are skilled at leaving and entering into them at every meal we share. I LOVE that. There’s no better place to discuss important issues like these and guide our children’s, and now our grandchildren’s, understanding of them. Sharing the truth of history, love of country and deep appreciation and respect for those who serve it is critically important; and as parents and grandparents, modeling that in our daily lives, talking about it around the dinner table and doing even small things to show our gratitude are ways we can help instill those values in our children and give them the knowledge and passion to pass it to future generations.
Katy’s Goodness is a company that understands the importance of honoring and helping U.S. Veterans. I was excited when I heard about their Thank a Deserving Veteran program. They have been supporting American veterans, since 2004, and this year, starting on Veteran’s Day, Katy’s Goodness Cookie Care Packages will be showing up on American military veteran’s doorsteps through your and my involvement in the program. This random act of kindness hopes to reach more than 2 million vets, as well as to donate more than 3 million dollars to veteran support organizations. You and your family can order a cookie care package to be shipped. You don’t even have to know a specific veteran. Katy’s will send it out to someone for you. For each care package that we send, Katy’s Goodness will donate funds back to the local affiliates of its nationally recognized charity partners:, Easter Seals, Student Veterans of America, Warriors in the Workplace, and Support Military Foundation. Get more info when you check out their website and follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
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There are tons of ways to help veterans and armed service personnel for families like yours and mine, and their are numerous companies that do a tremendous job of sending support, as well. From a personal standpoint, even if you aren’t related to, or don’t have personal knowledge of any veterans or military families, you can still help and show your appreciate them through acts of service or donations to organizations that provide assistance and special help to them and to their families. One that I love is Operation Home Front, where 90¢ of every dollar donated makes its way to the military family who needs it. They assist with everything from medical bills to paying the electric bills or mortgage, from providing to repair an only vehicle or put groceries on the table. When you visit their website, you read the personal stories of the families you are helping and can see exactly what you money will do.
Besides monetary donations, there are numerous other ways for you and your kids to express gratitude to veterans. Did you know that over 40% of the veteran population is over 65? How much do you think they would appreciate having you and your kids show up to rake and bag the leaves in their yard, or scoop snow from their driveway? What if you and your kids baked cookies, crocheted or knitted warm winter scarves, baked a monthly birthday cake, etc. and each month delivered them to the local VFW, in your town. Have the kids write a thank you note that can be left with your donations. You and the kids can also handmake birthday, thinking of you, and Christmas cards to be sent to veterans overseas to write home to their loved ones on. It’s through Operation Write Home and this is such a wonderfully easy program to get involved with.