Shake Hands with a Hero Today! #ShakeHandsWithAHero

shake hands with a heroThank you to Procter & Gamble, Kroger and the USO for sponsoring this blog post and the Shake Hands With A Hero initiative. Please click here to learn more about this program. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

I still remember the cold, rainy day in November of 2004, while I was 5 months pregnant with our first child. My heart bursting with pride as I watched him take his oath to join the Portland Air National Guard. .

“I, T. Kelley, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Oregon against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of Oregon and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.”

However, even with all the pride I felt that day, it really didn’t sink in as to what an amazing thing my husband was doing until several years later. The kids and I had taken him out to lunch one work day. My husband was sitting at the table in his uniform, I had gotten up to take one of the kids to the restroom and as we were coming back I watched as an older gentleman came up, shook my husbands hand and thanked him for his service. Through that meal we had 3 other people approach our table to thank my husband. The one that stands out the most is a woman who had 2 kids with her. After she thanked my husband her kids asked why she was thanking him. Her reply was simply, “Because he is a hero.”

In that moment my view of his service changed. It wasn’t about what was good for our family. His service was about what was good for our country.

That day led to some wonderful dialogue with our kids about what their daddy does and because of that they are now all too happy to tell you that their daddy is their hero because he is an Airman.

Have you shaken the hand of a hero?

Well, thanks to Kroger and P&G’s most recent campaign with the USO, they are now giving the opportunity for consumers to virtually “shake hands with a hero”. Visit www.honoringourheroes.com to shake a soldier’s hand. You can also post a message of gratitude or support. The first 50,000 people to visit will receive a coupon (loaded to their Kroger Plus Card) for $1 off P&G products.

So, please show your support. Your recognition not only means so much to the men and women in our armed forces, but it means a great deal to their families as well.

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