Lots of people think that Veteran's Day is all about our servicemembers. And I agree completely with them. However, I would also like to add that Veteran's Day can also be a day for the families who are usually overlooked. There are so many family members out there who have loved ones serving abroad now or have loved ones that are no longer with them. To me, they shouldn't be left out. Of course I show my support of the servicemembers, my husband is one of those courageous members of our US Army who is currently deployed, but I also like to show support for the families that are here. Normally, I personally like to send care packages and other items to my husband and his soldiers that are deployed. Here at home, I like to get together with other spouses that have loved ones deployed and frequently have little get togethers or outings to show I understand what others are going through and to give my own personal support to others in my situation.
So what can YOU do? Well there's lots! You can send care packages or volunteer on military installations, or even help out a military family in your neighborhood. All those are small things you can do that really show your support! But you don't know any military members personally? Well, you're still not off the hook! =) There are lots of companies out there that make it easy for you to show your support and recognition of our troops. One of those companies just happens to be General Mills.
Currently, thanks to General Mills and the USO, you can participate in the Cheerios sendCheer campaign. It's a really simple way for you to show your support in 4 easy steps. 1) Purchase a specially marked box of Cheerios (like the one in the picture above). 2) Cut out the postcard on the front of the box. Easily noted by the dotted lines around the word "Cheer" in Cheerios. 3) You or a family member (children included) write a message on the back. 4) Add postage and drop the pre-addressed postcard into the mail. Simple, right?! And from personal experience I can tell you, you will put a smile on a soldier's face (especially if it's from a child...HINT HINT).
And what's even better "for each postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help
support programs for military families. Cheerios has already donated
$150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the
number of postcards received by November 30, 2012".
So what are you waiting for? If you want to learn more about this campaign then RSVP and attend the #SendCheer twitter party, tomorrow, 11/10 at 9pm EST. Then head out to your local Walmart, look for the SendCheer display, pick up a box of Cheerios or two, fill out some postcards and show some love to our troops and their families! Also stay tuned to see how my family helps out with this great campaign!
Disclosure: This post has been compensated as part of a sponsored charitable
opportunity for Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions are my own.