This be a sponsored post yo. But them opinions be my own.

We always joke that down South it's just what ya do. If you don't go to college or manual labor right after High School you join the military. I can't tell you how many countless frans and family that I've had that served or are currently servin'. We know good and well those brave enough to answer the call come from all over but we like to joke we have more down here. It's somethin' that seems so routine down here that most times you don't even stop to realize what those servin' sacrifice. It wasn't till later in HS that I actually paid attention. I was workin' on my final big project for Girl Scouts and didn't know what I wanted to do. I had been watchin' a special on MTV about young people bein' deployed overseas and the transition's back home. It was then that I was inspired. I set out to plan a family fun day for my town. The price of admission would be 4 care package items per family. Everythin' donated was to be sent to an organization in Missouri that made care packages for the Navy. Often times people forget those guys and gals are deployed to a ship for months on end just like others. (I really got to see this later in college when one of my best friends joined the Navy and became ship bound for the better part of two years). In the end we had loads of fun and were able to ship right around 600 care-packages overseas. I still look back at the event with fond memories.

As of late I have really taken an interest in my family history. I grew up hearin' the stories of those who served and the contributions my family made to history. The picture above is a great uncle. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. In the pic he was bein' award the Purple Heart. He was wounded in Vietnam as well as the Silver Star for bravery. I have another great uncle who was in the Air Force. I've mentioned before that he was the first black pilot in the state of Mississippi. My family has a rich and deep history in Mississippi. Especially military History. I can still remember growin' up and wantin' to ask Uncle Mac questions. Sad that Alzheimer took his memory and I never did get to hear the stories from his perspective.

That brings me to Direct Energy. Yes, the energy company. We all know and love 'em. Well, they care about the military and it's families just about as much as I do and are helpin' veterans any way they can. Direct Energy now has a new Military Portal. Here's how it works:
"At Direct Energy, we are committed to giving back to those who have given so much to our country. That’s why we have recently launched the military portal, a dedicated space where military personnel can find discounted energy rates for their home energy needs. Plus, once you’re a Direct Energy Customer, you’ll have access to our on time bill payments rewards program, Refer-a-Friend Program, easy, on the go Online Account Manager and more. To be eligible for the discounted military rates, you must enter your valid ID into our portal. Once it verifies, you will then be directed to a dedicated military plans page. You will then see plans available in your area."
Now, if that doesn't get ya excited I don't know what will. Next time you see someone who served or is servin' be sure to smile and thank them. Sometimes a simple gesture such as that can really make a day.
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  1. Must be a great feeling to have family who are serving or have served in the military, my family we do not have anyone but I always try to support those who have

  2. Amen! We are so appreciative for their sacrifice!

  3. The first line about how in the south is so spot on! I'm from Texas and they take pride in joining the military. Their sacrifice doesn't go unnoticed.

  4. Amen! My husband has served for 13 years. It can be a crazy life, but I am so proud to have him as my husband!

  5. What an awesome photo of your great uncle. Wow I bet you did hear some amazing stories, that is sad about the Alzheimer though. Is that picture of the flag one of you? I love that shot. It's so great that companies like Direct Energy give back to those who served, they do so much for us and it's all we can do to give them a discount. That's really amazing that you donated 600 care packages. :)


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