I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. While John was deployed to Afghanistan, I thought about his well-being a lot. (Okay, let’s be real. I thought about it constantly.) If you’ve ever had a loved one in harm’s way, you know the gnawing worry that is pretty much all-consuming until that person is home. I will never forget being on Skype, talking with John as he stopped, listened intently, and said, “That was a mortar round.” Or when I woke up and saw on CNN that his base had taken fire and had casualties. Or when a plane crashed on his base just a few days before he was coming home. So, when John came home, when he was actually home, safe and sound, when there was no one shooting rockets at him, I felt like a gigantic weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was (and am) incredibly thankful that John had made it through that deployment unscathed. But for many members of our military and their families, those homecomings have been much, much different. While John and I could pick up with our lives after the deployment, many families have a long road of healing and recovery ahead of them. As a nation, we especially owe our wounded vets the best. (Tweet this!) They have gone places that we would rather not and have done things that many of us could not imagine doing. They leave behind their families and friends, they give of their youth and their health, and they do it all without being able to choose any of it for themselves. In this particular instance, giving back is as easy as going grocery shopping. No, really. If you go grocery shopping, you can download coupons (yay, savings!), make purchases for items that are already on your shopping list, and support our veterans in the process.The Believe in Heroes® program has partnered with the Wounded Warriors Project since 2010 to raise funds for the non-profit. In the past four years, they’ve raised over $16 million that has benefited the expansion of veteran programs which serve over 40,000 injured veterans.
How you can help…
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