Coupons for Our Troops

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I am sharing my “Coupons for Our Troops” blog.  Thank our service men and women for their sacrifices everyday for our freedom.

This morning I was trying to figure out what to blog about when I began my usual sorting of the coupons – DUH!!!  Why not share with everyone this AMAZING program that helps our military personal and their family.  I first found out about Operation Coupons for Our Troops about six months ago through a Facebook friend who is a member of the Cranford VFW Post 335 (Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vfwpost335).

Every week, households across the country get the newspaper which typically have manufacturers coupons.  Some of us cut out what we can use while others simply put the entire batch in the recycling bin never to be seen again.  What if there was a place to send them that would help others and all it would cost you would be the postage?  What a GREAT way for us to “give back” to our military families by recycling coupons that we don’t use. Military families can use current and EXPIRED (up to 3 months from the expiration date) manufacturers coupons at the BX/PX.  Such an easy way to help others who risk their lives for us each day.

I never realized how much the “small” things that we take for granted are appreciated by our military families and our troops until about 10 years ago.  My best friend’s husband, Bill, was deployed to Bagram in the early days of “Operation Freedom”.

A one month deployment turned into a 6 month stint during a time when there was no family support groups – just friends and family who got Stephanie and the four kids (Jen, Sean, Ryan & Shane) through the many days and long nights.  Every penny counted and believe it or not, coupons helped. Here is a quote from her Facebook page on Veteran’s Day –

” On Veterans Day, don’t count the days or the months. Just please remember every family of every soldier – and if you don’t know what to say, just do a random act of kindness like taking out the trash for a soldier’s wife while her husband is at home. Small things mean a lot. I know.  November 11, 2012 at 8:37pm 
 
Have a wonderful day and if you should see someone from the military today – Thank them!  They don’t just sacrifice their lives on Veteran’s Day but EVERY DAY!

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