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Thankful for Our Heroes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, for what blessings will you be giving gratitude?

I am thankful for my family, my home, my health, and the good food I will enjoy. And I am grateful for the freedoms and safety I enjoy, due in no small part to our veterans.

I want to thank my husband, his grandfather (may he rest in peace), and my own grandfather (who turned 96 this week) for their service to this country.

Many of us spend some time this season helping those who are less fortunate. Please do not forget the soldiers who spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a war zone giving service to our country. Too many of them have been poorly rewarded for their duty.

Our family spends Thanksgiving morning helping an organization prepare meals for people who are homeless or under-housed. Unfortunately, some of these people are veterans. According to Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions, “Right now, on any given night, roughly 68,000 veterans are homeless in the United States. Within that number, a group of at least 14,000 have been homeless for a year or more and suffer from at least one chronic — and costly to treat — health condition. These long-term, chronically homeless veterans typically don’t make it off the streets without specific, targeted help. Communities must commit to identifying them by name and making them a priority, along with veterans who have life-threatening health conditions, for housing assistance and access to an organized support system.”

Please, enjoy your blessings on Thanksgiving, then thank a veteran, and make a commitment to helping these men and women who gave so much to us.

I am partnering with Brawny® to spread the word about how you can help these Wounded Warriors. Brawny has made a donation of $500,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® to benefit Wounded Warriors and their families. You can join 516,648 people, and counting, who are grateful for our veterans and share your thanks for our nation’s heroes on the Brawny® Towels Facebook page.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Brawny® Towels. All opinions are my own.

Help Wounded Warrior Project

Living life to the fullest–despite traumatic brain injuries or loss of limb–that’s what Wounded Warrior Project is about. As of last fall, the Department of Defense reported 1,288 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn servicemembers with major traumatic amputations. Harder to diagnose but perhaps more prevalent is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Also of great concern is the “invisible” injury of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our wounded warriors return home and find it difficult to walk, to climb the stairs to their bedrooms, to hug their children. Those with less visible injuries may also suffer from crippling headaches, erratic behavior, depression, and lack of focus. These heroes may have difficulty returning to a normal home and work life.

That’s where Wounded Warrior Project steps in:

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

Read more about how Wounded Warrior Project succeeds in its mission.

I am partnering with Brawny® to spread the word about how you can help these Wounded Warriors. Brawny is making a direct donation of $250,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® to benefit Wounded Warriors and their families. From May 1 through December 31, 2012, the maker of Brawny® paper towels will also donate $1 up to an additional $250,000 for every individual who joins us and shares their thanks for our nation’s heroes on the Brawny® Towels Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brawnytowels).

Help Brawny® reach their goal of $500,000 for Wounded Warrior Project by Veterans Day — they are just 2,874 likes away!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Brawny® Towels. All opinions are my own.