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Believe in Heroes And The Wounded Warriors Project

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Our country has been at war for many years. Many Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and members of the Coast Guard have spent time overseas fighting for our country. Many of them have gone back for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th time. Some even more than that. Each time they return their family members can breathe a sigh of relief but homecoming doesn’t always mean everything is just as it was when they left. From minor injuries to life changing ones to PTSD, our Wounded Warriors need the support of the American people. Even more so now that so many of them have come home.

Did you know that you can support Wounded Warriors thorough grocery shopping? The Believe in Heroes project allows you to do just that. It was started in 2010 in collaboration with Acosta Sales & Marketing. They wanted to give back to those who have made sacrifices and helped protect our country. The campaign has generated $16 million for WWP to date and has helped enable the expansion of its critical veteran programs that now directly serve more than 40,000 injured service members.

Beginning September 7, 2014 and running through Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, Believe in Heroes calls on Americans to show their support and appreciation for our service members and newest generation of veterans in a simple everyday way — grocery shopping. Each participating brand and retailer will help raise funds and awareness for WWP through the Believe in Heroes campaign.

You can go ahead and get your coupons here!  These will be available through November 30th or while supplies last.

If your family is on a budget like we are, you will find these coupons really helpful. They can help you save a little here and a little there but overtime that adds up. The best part is, using them will help the very people who have sacrificed to keep our country safe.

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The Believe in Heroes campaign is important to me as a Military Spouse. I like knowing that there are ways to give back to those that have given so much. It makes me happy to see American people and companies finding new and interesting ways to help give back. It shows that even though a Military career can be a hard one, knowing that the American people support you can go a long way. It encourages the service members  with what they have to do each day to protect the country.

  • Here is how you can help the Believe in Heroes® campaign:
    • Downloading over $25 in coupon savings by visiting http://goo.gl/X5dn6w.
    • Sharing social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    • Purchasing Believe in Heroes® merchandise in stores or online at http://goo.gl/X5dn6w.

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I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. 

 

Vision To Share

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This post is about “Vision To Share” which was created by VSP Vision Care, with a mission to help people see. They created “Vision to Share” to change the life of a veteran through America’s VetDogs.

There are 21.2 million U.S. Veterans, 1.5 million of them has a vision-threatening eye disease. Many have low vision and 160,000 are legally blind. They can also be at risk of an eye injury during their time in combat.

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During this campaign, VSP will donate $50,000 to train and match a guide dog with a veteran whose vision is impaired.

  • How it works:
    • All you need to do is share!
    • Visit SeeMuchMore.com and click on “Vision to Share.”
    • Every time you share the video, VSP will donate to the care and training of a guide dog – up to $50,000!
  • America’s VetDogs provides highly trained guide dogs to help veterans lead active, independent lives. It costs $50,000 to raise and train each dog, given to the veteran at no cost.
    • Puppies are trained from birth for two years.
    • America’s VetDogs matches each dog’s skills and personality to the disabled veterans’ needs.
    • Dogs typically work with the veteran until they are 10 years old.
    • Retired dogs are adopted.

You can see more at the hashtag #SeeMuchMore

Finding Your People In The Military Community

When you are a military spouse living in a military community, you are going to be saying goodbye to people a lot. It’s going to hurt and it will be hard to get through.

At times you will find your group. Your people. The ones that get you. The ones you can depend on. Then they are gone or you have to leave and your group is no longer.

And that is hard. You go forward wondering if you will ever find it again. You worry you won’t. You worry that you won’t be able to find what you had before. And sometimes you don’t, at least not right away. Sometimes you have to wait a while to be a part of another group.

But time passes, you meet new people and then you realize you found it again. And this time it might look a little different or you might connect with those people for different reasons than you connected with your previous friends. But you are happy again because you finally have found your people. And you need them, in this life, you need them.

You need people to be there for you when it feels so hard to be a Military spouse. You need people you can depend on, vent to and experience life with. You need these people so you do not feel alone.

When you PCS to a new location, it might seem overwhelming to find new friends. You wonder where to look or where to spend your time. It can be intimidating and can stress you out. Just keep in mind that there was a time at your previous duty station when you didn’t know anyone, and then, over time, you found your tribe. Remember that you will do the same in your new home. Have hope that it will happen :)

 

Where have you found your closest friends in your Military spouse life?

 

Newport Beach, California

In June my mom was diagnosed with GBS.  Guillain–Barré syndrome which is usually very treatable although frustrating. She started to get better but then it came back.  Once it came back we decided that it might be a good idea for me to go out there to help with whatever was needed. I was able to get away and was in California from August 11th-21st. I did have to work from California so between that and helping my mom there wasn’t too much time for sightseeing which was fine. I did get to see a few friends as well as my brother and sister-in-law. On that Sunday we spent all day together and went down to Newport Beach.

While I was there the GBS came back again and she was then diagnosed with the chronic version of it. Right now she is getting weekly in home treatments which we are hoping will help her. We are waiting to see if she will have a full recovery.

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Don’t you just love this? What a beautiful day!

 

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 Sweet!

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Balboa Fun Zone

 

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Balboa Bar…Yum! My brother tried one and then goes, “Oh ya! Now I remember eating these when I was young.” Totally worth all the calories.

 

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My brother and I

 

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My brother and his wife

 

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Waves!

 

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 People having fun at the beach!

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Love walking along all these homes!

As I headed back to Tennessee I felt a sense of sadness. I am not sure what is happening with my mom and I hate being so far away.

Having a hard time with that lately. I wish we could move back but it just isn’t possible right now.

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