Honoring our military, past and present

Yaronczyk photoThis holiday season

Every year I post a series of blogs around the holidays to honor our armed forces – both past and present.

Instead of a series of blogs, I decided to provide resources early on – before Thanksgiving – so y’all can find and choose a military-related way to support our troops this holiday season.

I’m always near an Air Force Base

While I lived in Albuquerque, NM, I often visited the Starbuck’s a couple blocks away from the AFB. If I found myself in line ahead of a service member, I would offer to buy his/her cup of coffee. Such a teensy sacrifice for me – but a small price to pay for all their sacrifices.

I find myself in Minot, ND, home to Minot Air Force Base. And again, I’m often in line ahead of a service member. I have bought a cuppa, a bag a chips and a soda, a sandwich, a breakfast treat…for whatever service member is near me when I’m checking out.

Try it – it feels good.R. LAIRD, USAF

Support military family businesses

I support family businesses of military wives, husbands, and active military.

Last year, I had my computer scrubbed by Geoffrey VanDyck, now in Colorado Springs. If you need great, reasonably-priced computer service, contact Geoffrey.

Nelly Hernandez Photography – In Minot, ND – fabulous family and kid photos!

The English Rose – Beautiful custom-made pens and pencils. Idea – a great give-a-way for writers!

Not near a military base?

No problem! There are loads of organizations that send books and scads of other needed items to our troops.

KristiSoldiers’ Angels – Sign up and “adopt” a service member and send socks, baby powder, lip balm, flip flops, sleep pants, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, books, and more.

Operation Paperback – This organization “collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops overseas as well as veterans and military families here at home.”

Ebooks for Troops – Provides e-books to military personnel deployed overseas. You can also donate a used Kindle.

Books for Soldiers – You can donate books, DVDs, and games.

Send a cuppa joe to a Joe (or Jane)

Green Beans Coffee is so easy – it takes only a couple minutes – you can spend just $2 ($2!) and send a great cup of coffee to a service member overseas. Connect with Green Beans Coffee on Facebook.

Just send a note – zero dollars Kenton Iraq 1

The USO has a page that allows you to send a note, and it won’t cost you a cent.

Or you can Act Now to help with a monetary contribution.

Holiday mail for heroes

Try the Red Cross – Holiday Mail for Heroes.

You can mail cards or letters to –

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Wounded Warriors

What a worthy cause. Helping our Wounded Warriors live a better life.

Copied from their site – “To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”

Make a one-time donation to Wounded Warriors.

Remember what our warriors have done for you. What will you do for our troops this holiday season?


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Filed under For The Troops, Personal Articles, Special Events

6 responses to “Honoring our military, past and present

  1. Thanks for always sharing such great tips for supporting our military, Karen! It is just the nudge I need to do something instead of just think about it.

    • karenrsanderson

      You are welcome. I’m happy to share these helpful links. Thanks for taking the time, and I’m glad to give a nudge.

  2. Great post, Karen. . .I’m sharing this with my FaceBook community!

  3. What a terrific list of resources, Karen — for ANY time of year! I somehow missed this when you first posted it, but will be happy to share.

    • karenrsanderson

      As you know, I think about our military 365 days a year! Besides, I’m closely related to two. I am happy to have this shared any time of year.

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