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blip: a real way to support the troops

Happy veterans day.  If you’re a veteran, you deserve to be honored.  Period.  But much like Mother’s Day, this official national day of recognition might be the only time all year society or even your own family gives a partial damn about what it cost you personally to achieve such an honor.  So milk it.  Tell your war stories.  Even if they only are stories about drunken expeditions to Tijuana, they still need to be told.  Remember on this day all the influences, the personalities, the sights seen, experience gained.  For most veterans, the service was where they grew up and became a bona-fide adult.  Horizons were expanded.  Adventures were embarked upon.  Life courses were altered, re-calibrated and set.  The military was, is, and will always be a part of who you are.

For those of us who cannot be counted among the ranks of veterans, this day is also for us.  How often do we give thought to the fact that there is an armed force in place sworn to protect our liberty.  Our family. Our way of life.  Unseen on the outskirts of our daily existence, they a large part of the reason why we can wake up every day unhampered by the same kinds of issues faced by most people in the rest of the world.  They are individuals who made a choice and signed a binding contract that restricts their own freedoms in order to bolster yours.  This day should begin with reflection upon that staggering fact.  And hopefully what follows will be a genuine heart-felt gratitude and awareness of how important veterans really are.  Appreciation should lead to verbalization.  Thank all the members of your family, your friends, your neighbors, random people you see in uniform on the street.  But I want to take it even beyond words.  What can you do right now, today, to show true thankfulness and tangible encouragement to soldiers?

As a mom, I can’t help but want to show the troops the same kind of love I have for my own sons.  It might not be too many years until my sons themselves decide they want to enlist.  If my sons were serving in the military in active duty, or just stationed somewhere far away doing training in peacetime, I’d want to obsessively send them reminders of the home and life they are sworn to protect with their lives.  Well guess what?  A mom like me and maybe like you has already done that.     http://www.packagesfromhome.org/about-packages is a website devoted to sending care packages to troops.  They tell you a very specific and very concrete way you can make a real gesture to show your love.  To me this is the perfect way a family can sit down together and cultivate some real thankfulness for freedom, America, veterans, and our troops.  And they can take that thankfulness, wrap it up in a bow, and ship it off.  Somewhere a serviceman or woman will be extremely blessed.  A small token of thanks for a large debt of freedom, but meaningful to all parties.

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