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I want to start this post by stating: I wanted to write this post about my husband. He’s a hero in my eyes. When I was going over the topic with Andy, he asked that I not write about him. When asked why, he said, “I just do my job.” Andy wanted me to point out that the true heroes are the ones who didn’t come home from overseas.
That being stated, I do want to shine a light on two of the people who helped my husband through his deployment in Afghanistan, and therefore, are some of my heroes– his roommate and best friend, Tyler, and Tyler’s wife, Jacki. Andy and Tyler were next-door-neighbors in the barracks at Ft Polk, and when they were in Afghanistan, were roommates.
Tyler received weekly care packages from his friends and family, especially his then-newlywed wife who was pregnant with their first child. Andy didn’t receive a lot of mail overseas (I didn’t know Andy when he deployed), and Tyler was so generous to share his packages with Andy and the other soldiers. Despite being away from home at such a pivotal time in his life, Tyler was almost always in high spirits and was integral in lifting the morale of the platoon. When they returned to the US, Tyler and Jacki would invite Andy over for dinner and to hang out. Tyler is still one of Andy’s best friends and in fact, when we visited Louisiana in January, we stayed at their house (in fact, we stayed there the night before Andy proposed!)
Since Tyler and Jacki recently welcomed their second child into their family, I wanted to send them a little care package as a “thank you” for all the care packages Tyler shared with my husband. When I asked Andy on his input on what to send Tyler, he said “Food. Always food.” For Jacki, I sent some fun things to spoil her since right now she’s in the life stage of wearing baby food on her clothes and changing diapers. Since she is constantly cleaning up baby spit-up, I sent along some Kleenex® Facial Tissue that I bought at Kroger.
I picked out the KLEENEX® BUNDLE PACK Facial Tissues because you can never have too many tissues, and the KLEENEX® PERFECT FIT because, like the name suggests, they are the perfect fit! (I bought a pack for me and they’re in my car cupholder.)
Our service members (and their families) sacrifice so much for us, that I try to support them wherever I can. The Kroger family of stores has raised more than $14 million since 2010 to support the USO. Kroger is one of my favorite stores to shop at, and the fact that they have partnered with the USO to support our troops makes me love them even more.
Buy one Kleenex® Facial Tissue 4-pack bundle from your local Kroger or Kroger banner store and Kleenex® Brand will donate one pocket pack to the USO. Click here to find your local Kroger store.