Veteran’s Day is all about saluting the military. Whether or not you agree with what the country is going through and why, you cannot ignore the fact that the military work harder than most. They are ripped away from their families for months, sometimes years at a time. They are asked to serve the country under some of the harshest conditions imaginable. And sometimes… they are asked to risk and give their lives.

The above picture is of my Daddy with his big gun. Don’t ask me what type of gun because I have no idea.:) It sucks that there has to be a job like that anywhere on earth, but it does exist. And a lot of us know someone in the military or have served in the military ourselves. My father was in the military. It was before my time luckily, because I do not think that I would have done well as a military kid. I don’t like moving around much now, and I would not have liked knowing that my Daddy was overseas somewhere fighting for his life.

He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966-1968 when he was honorably discharged. This was before I was even a thought. 🙂 I still have his uniform and his dog tags. Funny story… last Halloween when I was trying to find a costume I thought that I would wear my father’s uniform. Um…. no! My father entered the military at 19 years old and he was apparently a tiny little thing. I could not get the pants up past my thighs. LOL!

I used to think that I wanted to join the Air Force. I wanted to study computer engineering and work on planes and in the tower. What changed my mind? Well, right about that time Desert Storm started. So, I decided to take the easy route and just stay home and attend college.

One thing that members of the military really miss is home. They become a family to each other, but their real family… their moms, their dads, their wives and kids are back home. They get a few phones calls, and if they are lucky a Skype call here and there, but sometimes they may go a while without touches of home. This is where the Cheerios sendCheer campaign comes in.

This fall specially marked boxes of Cheerios will include a Cheer postcard that can you cut out and mail to a military family. Not only does each card spread cheer, but for each card received Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families.

How can you participate?

Locate a specially marked Cheerios cereal box in your grocery store.  After purchasing the box, there are just 3 easy steps!

  1. Cut out the postcard found on the front of the box.  You will see cut out lines around the “Cheer” in the Cheerios logo.
  2. On the back-side of the postcard, write a message of encouragement or a simple “thank you.”
  3. Add postage, and drop the pre-addressed post card in the mail.

Once the postcards are received, the USO will distribute them to military families on bases and in USO centers.  Sending your ‘thanks’ is a simple, personal gesture of appreciation that will mean so much for the recipient.

If you wondered what you can do to help the military, this is a small thing that you can do. Displays are available in Walmart stores so you so check it out and get your own box of Cheerios to spread some cheer.


Disclosure: This post has been compensated as part of a sponsored charitable opportunity for Collective Bias. The story and all opinions are my own.