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R.Riveter's newest Spring | Summer 2019 Collection is inspired by empowered women.

Throughout history, women have risen by lifting each other up, and building upon collective strengths. In the collection, soft neutrals and playful pops of color celebrate a modern sense of femininity. 


A custom floral canvas is the centerpiece of the season, inspired by the quote:

"A flower does not think to compete with the flower next to it. It just blooms."

 

Add a bold pop of color with Coral.

 

Freshen up any look with our Natural canvas.

 

Add a splash of playfulness with Sweet Pea.

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by R.Riveter Co-Founder, Lisa Bradley

 

"I watched Toyota's new "Home for the Holidays" commercial recently with mixed emotions. 

The beautiful 100-second video follows an excited young boy preparing for his military dad's homecoming. The spot ends with father and son running into each other's arms in a snow-covered winter wonderland and the line: "Let's bring everyone closer this holiday."

This commercial, and many other ones like it that run throughout the holiday season, are deeply moving. Heartwarming feelings of gratitude might cause us to shed a tear (or several), and even share the story with family and friends. This is how we like to picture service members and families during the holidays - reunited at last!

However, there's one group of people I know who might shed a tear watching this same spot for a different reason. For those with spouses deployed this holiday season, there won't be a last-second homecoming, a happy reunion in the snow. Maybe you are one of them. Your service member is far away, dutifully doing a job that needs to be done." 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Hi! My name is Shanae. I am just an island girl living in a mainland world as I follow my Soldier wherever the Army sends us. We are only two duty stations and one deployment in, but we are loving the tight-knit, supportive community and all the relationships we’ve had the opportunity to form as a result. I am a follower of Jesus, a passionate slow fashion blogger and small business advocate. I spend a lot of time with my dog and trying to keep as many plants alive as possible. I am an avid thrifter, people lover, coffee enthusiast, amateur photographer, and full-time homemaker. I feel a deep connection to the ocean and miss being on it and in it with my family like crazy. We hope to end up back in Hawaii one day,  but are enjoying all of the new places we get to explore until then!

 

Why did you want to be an R.Riveter Brand Ambassador?

I think all of us long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and when I heard about R.Riveter, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of their mission in some way. R.Riveter embodies my passion for small business, slow fashion, and my new identity as a military spouse all in one. I love the personal connection I feel to each woman who made the bags I carry, and I love the community of spouses who I have had the honor to meet as a result of the connection to R.Riveter.


What is your favorite R.Riveter bag?

It’s so hard to pick as I am always rotating, but I would have to say the Otto! I am obsessed with the handles and its ideal shape! It is literally the perfect grab and go bag. I love sporting the comfortable leather crossbody strap all day long from errands, to walks, to girls night outs! The easily accessible front pockets and the fact that the large part of the bag completely zips shut are all things that also make the Otto a great travel bag!

 

 

5 Fun facts about you:

- I have completed 3 full marathons and 2 half marathons, but my knees and I think we will stick to 5Ks now

- I studied piano in college and taught beginner lessons to all age groups for about 5 years

- Being one of four girls has taught me to cherish my female friends as sisters

- I am a 4 on the Enneagram and currently obsessed with knowing everyone else’s!

- My husband and I met on Tinder and dated long distance up until we got married!

Where people can find/connect with you?

You can connect with me on Instagram at @shananagensss
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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I'm an Air Force wife, mama to two girls (one recently through adoption), and currently living in the south with deep Midwest roots!  I married my high school sweetheart 12 years ago and our adventures have taken us through ROTC, pilot training, and 5 military moves.  My family still lives in my childhood home so adapting to military life was a whole new world for me but I wouldn't trade the rich community I now have.  I went to college for nursing and until we had children I worked in various positions as a registered nurse.  In my spare time I took up photography and pursued a business documenting families, newly-weds, and now small businesses and creative entrepreneurs.  I enjoy a smooth cold-brew coffee with coconut creamer by day and a good bottle of dark cab by night, the smell of a wood burning fire, and a good old country song.  My passions include promoting a health and wellness lifestyle through clean living, traveling throughout this country and overseas, and discovering new recipes that become favorite family staples.




Why did you want to become an R.Riveter Brand Ambassador?

As a military spouse with more than one career, I know how it feels to have to move frequently and the challenges that come with finding work.  When we moved to Pinehurst, NC I learned about R.Riveter and immediately connected with their mission.  Not only was I excited about the mission but their whole brand reflected the type of business I wanted to work with.  I knew other military spouses that would love to get behind the mission that I could share with and I felt that it was important to spread awareness, even outside the military community, about how military spouses endure career trials throughout their spouse's service and how R.Riveter was finding a way to help create jobs and mobile income for these families.  

What is your favorite R.Riveter bag?

That is hard as my collection grows but I love my Grant as my business catch-all bag that you will find sitting on the side of the couch where I can pull out my laptop and planner for times I need to get work done.  As a mama, this bag transitions so well to the daily demands of life with kids and is a great multi-tasker for balancing all-the-things.


5 Fun Facts About You:

1. We just completed our final remodel project in our fixer-upper home that we purchased 2 years ago.
 
2. I recently photographed the second lady Mrs. Pence.

3. I've jumped out of a plane but my pilot husband has not. 

4. My favorite place is my family's lake house in Minnesota.

5. I ran a half marathon in Oklahoma City.


Where people can connect with you:

Amy Rae Photography

Instagram

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Being a Military Family has many unique privileges as well as challenges. I hope that today you will pause as a family and remember that your nation is forever grateful to you for your service. Your support of your service member is critical to the success of the mission of maintaining our freedom. The relationships forged in Military Families are unlike any others and will bond you together in a special way forever. Embrace the blessings, because that is what you will remember in the years to come. The hardships will fade away. I know - my husband served 24 years in the Navy and we raised 2 awesome children. We treasure the happy memories and can now laugh about the hard times.

Be encouraged, dear ones, your service is important and appreciated! ðLove your service member and be strong in your support of the mission.

With faithful patriotic love,
Debbie

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Dear Military Family
Thank you for the sacrifices you make while your loved one is deployed.
The Sullivan Family

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Dear Military Family

My father and father-in-law served in WWII and my husband served during Vietnam.

We know the sacrifices that a family makes when a family member is serving your country.

May this world someday be at peace and may all who serve return to their families safe and sound.

Thank you for your service and God Bless you all.

The Coopers

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Hello. I do not know you, but I do know what you service man or woman is doing for our country and my freedom. I just missed the Vietnam war and I do remember what my family was going through just thinking about my leaving. I will pray for you and for the safe return of your loved one.
I cannot imagine how much you must suffer not knowing what is going on every single moment of every day that your loved one is not home with you.
I truly love my country and the freedom that it stands for, because of your loved one. please pass this on to them so that they also will know how important they are to all whom value what we stand for.
I will be here for you if you need anything that I can do for you. the signature on my email reads;
Our flag flies not because of the wind that blows it, but because of the breath of the servicemen whose breath blows it.
once again, my prayers for your family in this time of thinking about your loved one.

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Two simple words can never do justice for the sacrifice your family and your spouse make to serve this great nation. Too often freedom can be taken for granted, and it's important for you to know that not a day goes by that I'm thankful for your family and spouse , and every person who has raised their right hand and pledged their commitment to the United States and our allies.

Forever I'll be grateful.

God bless you, and these United States of America.

Sincerely,

Judith Schloss Markowitz and Family

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Hello Military Family,

There are no words meaningful enough to capture the appreciation I have for each of you. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to each other that allows your soldier to take on a task many aren't brave enough to. May you all feel each other's love the most as you grow to meet the challenges ahead. As a fellow military spouse, I want to thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

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From my family to yours,

Thank you for all of the sacrifices that you make for the benefit of the United States and her citizens and allies. I cannot imagine all of the stress and struggles that your family feel because of deployment, moving, or reuniting after long periods apart. We hope that knowing you are thought of and supported can be a little light to brighten your days.

You are in our prayers for safety and peace. May God keep you and all military families in His loving care.

Christine

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I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for raising your child the way you did. You raised up one of the bravest Americans we have. Being a parent isn't easy...and it is even harder being the parent of a child that serves in the armed forces. I know because I am the mother of a Marine who is currently deployed somewhere in the Middle East. My heart is so full of pride and love for my son, and I miss him every day. God bless you and your family for all the sacrifices you have made as well! You are not alone on this journey. Semper fidelis!

Jami A.

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I am truly amazed at your strength and bravery, all of you. My husband went overseas when we were dating, no kids or house to manage on my own while he was away. For you to carry on and count the days until your loved one is home again has to be incredibly difficult, but you do it and my family is grateful for it. We thank you all for your service. 

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Thank you for teaching your loved one to be brave.

Thank you for teaching them to be selfless.

Thank you for teaching them to love America.

Thank you for teaching them to be a team player.

Thank you for teaching them to follow their dreams/ calling.

Thank you for supporting them even though you are separated from them.

Thank you for your resilience, they learned it from you.

God bless our soldiers and their families.

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Dear Military Family,
Although there really are no words adequate to express the appreciation I feel for you please know that I am personally so aware of all you sacrifice in order to serve the country we are so fortunate to call home. I've never served but my father was a Major in the Marine Corps & I work in a CDC on base. I see the military child reaching for the parent not there. My child never served but married a brave SF Hero who never returned to the home he had so newly created with her & their newborn son. I see you mourning your spouse who made the ultimate sacrifice. I thank you for your service. My grandson is not in the military but will always know the brotherhood of the Green Beret SF family as they strive to embrace and protect the child of their fallen brother. I see this child held close by the men who fought along side his father. I am a civilian and I see so many civilians unaware of the sacrifices you make as a spouse, as a warrior and as a child of a warrior. Please know I see you and I will always strive to help others to also see you and understand the sacrifices you have made or continue to make. Thank you from my whole heart!!
MasterGramma

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It must be difficult to be away from your loved one. I pray they all come home safe. May God keep you strong to take care of your family. Thank you to your family.

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Dear Dear Military Family, your dedication and service to our country is invaluable to the freedom of America. You are so appreciated and loved by family. My father was a prisoner of war in WWII. He was a tail gunner and his plane was shot down over, what was then Czechoslovakia. He was transported in a boxcar, made to walk hundreds of miles and imprisoned for 6 months before being released at the end of the war. We know your sacrifice, from your loved one being deployed, to the family left behind. Even though I wasn't born during those years, I have read letters from the Army to my mom listing him as missing in action and had many family conversations about those years. Without brave, strong people like you, we would not have America. Thank you so much for your service. You are truly loved and appreciated! GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU SAFE!

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To all those military moms who raised amazing, dedicated, service-focused young Americans who defend our freedoms each day, thank you. 

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To an incredibly strong and dedicated family,

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all that you give up to protect my family and our freedoms. As the mother of a Navy Midshipmen, I can only pray that his future family will become as strong and courageous as yours.

I will pray for you and all of our Military, every day. Thank you so much for your courage and your strength.

Fondly and with gratitude for you,

Tamara Wilson

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I am the daughter of a retired military colonel. I know the sacrifices families have to make to dedicate their lives in service of our country. A simple thank you will never be enough. But please know we love and support you. We've been there. We know.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

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Thank you so much for all you are willing to sacrifice -- time with your spouse or parent, a consistent schedule, a predictable living situation, and so much more.

From what my friends and family have told me who are military families, it takes a lot of endurance to do what you do and you have to live with a lot of heartache.

Know that what you do is remembered and appreciated -- without families like yours, I wouldn't have the freedom I too often take for granted.

Forever grateful,
Kylie

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Dear Military Family,

Thank you so much for the many sacrifices you have made. I cannot even begin to imagine how incredibly strong your family must be. I am so grateful for your loved one(s) who are serving our country and protecting our great nation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and continue to do.

You are valued, appreciated, and supported!

God Bless your family and The United States of America!

From,
Kianna

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I didn't go into the Service. So when I see a Service member, a Police person or Firefighter, I have to shake their hand! And thank them for their service. So I really need to thank the whole family.

So I thank you and your sacrifice,
for your husband or for your wife,
for your son and daughter too,
I can't stop thanking you.
for your dad and your mom,
for keeping my family from harm.
for keeping this country of ours great,
I hope it's not too late,
To thank you
and your Service Member too!

Sincerely, Ken S.
God Bless

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Hello,
My family is safe and happily all together in beautiful Idaho USA. We have a great life. We know that without the sacrifice of our military and their families we wouldn't have this life.
Thank you spouses for holding down the fort and enduring lonely days and long nights.
Thank you Moms and Dads of MP for your pride. You did well as parents.
Thank you siblings.
Thank you most of all to the children of our heroes. You will always be in my prayers. You will grow and sometimes cry. Be proud! You are special! You are made from a hero. You are a hero too!
With love and endless respect,
Donna Souza and family
Coeurd'Alene, Idaho, USA

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So often, people focus on expressing gratitude to the one who is in the service. We express appreciation for THEIR sacrifice, for THEIR commitment. We ignore the sacrifice, commitment, and loyalty of the family. It's not easy being the ones left behind, expected to go on with their normal lives. So I want to take the time and thank YOU - the family, for the love l, support, and sacrifice you give your loved one (and, in the process, all of us). 

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Dear Dedicated Ones:
We are not a military family, but we live very close to Fort Campbell, KY and are constantly aware of families who are missing their loved ones.
A simple thank you doesn't seem adequate, but it's really all I have to give you - thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your willingness to be far from your loved one in order that he or she can serve us and make the world a better place.

SINCERELY,
Fred and Carol Myers

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Dear Military Family,
I would like to thank the members in the family who are in the military, it impresses me how strong and brave you're to leave your family and fight for our country. Also, to the rest of the family for staying strong while there close one is serving for our country. I can only imagine how difficult this must be but I would like to thank you all for everything you do for our country. Forever I'll be grateful for your service. Your family will be kept in my prayers. God bless your family.
Sincerely,
Caroline Hudson

 

 

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As the wife of a man who deploys with no communication with me or any of the outside world, I often ponder on the sacrifice of those who fearlessly choose service over self. What I can't say to my husband during those long months of silence, I'll write to you here:

Thank you. I don't say it enough, and there aren't words to express the depth of my gratitude. 

I am so proud of you. For always doing whatever it takes to fulfill your duty, to honor your commitment, to uphold your oath. I am proud of your selflessness that allows you to put others above your family, myself, and even your own desires and safety; for your knowledge that some things are worth fighting and even dying for. 

I am grateful for a man who loves his home and his country so deeply that he is willing to live apart from her and her bounty to preserve and protect her. I am thankful for he who embraces the necessity of war to keep that which is most sacred safe. 

I am humbled by your sacrifice from the long days and the late nights, for every TDY and each day of every deployment. For the hot and the cold, for the tiring and dirty days, for the tasteless food and crowded bunks and endless flights. For running into battle when it would be so much easier to walk away. For having the strength to pull yourself from your wife's clinging embrace, the trembling of your young son's lip as he tearfully whispers, please don't leave, daddy, and the chubby cheeks of the infant daughter you know won't be a baby when you return. 

I am forever indebted to you for protecting our life and liberty. From the depths of my being, the wholeness of my heart, and the fullness of my gratitude thank you.

k.s.w.

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Dear Soldier,

It's hard to thank someone for giving me the freedom to live the life God has so graciously given to me. 
Thank you for everything you do daily to protect this country, and for that I am forever grateful. You have given up so much for this country, and I personally believe that is something that cannot be repaid. Most soldiers I know believe having a free country is payment enough. I think that's what makes you all so great, you give so much and do not expect anything back. I recognize the selflessness you've demonstrated with your willingness to serve our country. 
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It is no secret that your training, or any part to being a soldier is easy. I always knew it was a lot of work, but I never realized how much it really was until my my son joined the US Army. 
Thank you for your bravery, strength, hard work, commitment, dedication and willingness to do the hard things that are required of you day in and day out. You've given up everything to fight for US, that is something I don't take lightly. So, thank you for everything that you do.

God Bless you & may God Bless America,
A PROUD mother of a US Solider

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To a most brave and precious soul:

I want to thank you for the sacrifice you make each and every day defending what I truly believe is the greatest country in the world. Having lived abroad for many years, I know how lucky Americans are to sleep beneath the blanket of freedom and security her brave men and women in the military provide, and I am grateful every day that you have the fortitide and dedication to give so much to make that happen.

I pray for your safety and for your families to find comfort and pride in the sacrifice you all make together, for all of the families lucky enough to call America home.

May God bless you and keep you and may America stand strong and bright as a symbol of freedom for all time.

With a grateful heart
Lindsay Trapp

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To my son...
How thankful I am for your service to protect our nation and all its families who live free. You serve with honor ...against those who have no honor. 
You have worked hard for years to be come the leader you are and proven yourself under many difficult arenas to be strong physically... and mentally. Your positivity draws us to pray for you and your comrades in all circumstances. Always know how proud we are for the values you continue to uphold in these most concerning times. 
American pride is mine .. all because you are the patriot son of this family. 
Love forever¸

Mom

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I want to start off by saying I am a Desert Storm Honorably Discharged Navy Veteran.  Having folks back home supporting me and my shipmates was most important.  Now, I want to thank all members of our military ensuring our safety. When I see a military members in uniform I say thank you, two simple words.

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Hi!

My name is Beth Fish and I'm an insurance agent in a small town In WV. I want to thank you for your service to our country.

I never fully understood the sacrifices you and your families make until I moved to Germany for 5 years with my civil servant husband. Although it's fun to go to Europe on vacation, staying for years, separated from your loved ones back in the states, is so hard. I stayed behind with military spouses while you men and women went on a remote, or had to go back yet again to Saudi, Afghanistan, Turkey .... I laughed with them at Bunco, cried with them when they hadn't seen or heard from you for a long while and helped them with their kids who were missing a parent and feeling sad.

My father and his father served in our great military and I'm proud to say I have a deeper appreciation than most for your sacrifices and I'm so so grateful for you. I pray for you everyday.

Good bless end God speed!

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Dear Chelsie, 

I'm so proud that you have recently joined the Army!! It takes a lot of courage and guts to do so at this time in our country. I have never been more proud of my beautiful niece than I am now. Also I have a nephew, sister, and niece in-law that have bravely served!! I applaud and I thank you!! And to ALL military people... thank you for keeping us safe and for all of your sacrifices!! We wouldn't be free today without you!!

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Dear Fellow Military Member,
Please accept my heartfelt thanks on this National Day of the Deployed. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I've "been there, done that." Just know your courage, bravery, and sacrifice is truly appreciated every day, not just on October 26th.

Thank you for all you do, and most of all, for carrying on the military tradition.

Sincerely,

Brenda L. Paulson
Capt, USAF

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Dear Military Member,

I would like to personally thank you for your service and commitment to the United States.  It takes a very brave and strong person to serve our country both stateside and abroad.  Your family and loved ones are waiting for your return.  Again, Thank You for your service. Sincerely, K.B.

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I can't thank you enough for fighting for our freedom. You put your life on the line every day and a Thank You doesn't seem enough.

You sacrifice your life back at home and should know I am proud of you and what you stand for...FREEDOM...that is what you stand for.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. May God bless you always and His holy angels surround you to keep you safe.


Sincerely,

K.C.

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It is with the utmost respect to you & your entire family that I salute the sacrifices you make every day on our country's behalf. Not only the soldiers - but the families that  are left behind to support & carry on daily life, our heartfelt thanks. Forever grateful.

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We have the distinct privilege of recording and sharing the stories of soldiers from all ages and countries worldwide. But we remain in particular awe of soldiers such as you who protect the world's freest nation, this constitutional republic, from those who would do it harm. Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.

 

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Hello -

I want you to know that you are appreciated, admired, and amazing! I feel protected knowing you are there. I feel proud that you chose to serve. Please take care of yourself and stay safe.

Thank you for your service!
Sherry

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To the select few: As an old Viet infantry Vet I am continually awed by the stamina, bravery, and integrity of our front line forces. We've been at this Mideast thing for over 17 years (that's almost an entire career) and still you continue to go back, time after time. Few Americans ever have the opportunity to display this level of commitment to our country. So stand tall, be proud, never give up, never give in. To take part of a Churchill quote..."never have so many owed so much to so few." God Bless You All.

With utmost Respect,

JLL

 

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GOD BLESS YOU WITH FAITH , LOVE AND COURAGE FOR ALL YOU DO TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!!

LOVE RENE'E AND JOHN SHARKEY

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Thank you for serving our great country and keeping us safe. Allowing us to enjoy the freedoms we do. 

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Everyday I am thankful to you who serve this country selflessly. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated. Be safe.

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Dear Service Member,                                       

To be free in the USA is because of all you do for our nation in foreign lands to keep us safe and sound. I always an thankful for this free country we live in.    Keep your spirit high and know that many people in the USA are thankful for all that you do.                                                             

Thanks , B.R.

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Thank you for being America's protector. You are the guardian angel for all of us. You are out there every day, putting yourself in harm, to keep us all safe. God bless you and your family.
Thank you.

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To you who are deployed,
Words alone cannot describe my heartfelt thanks to you for your service. You are on the front lines and all I can give you in return is my thanks and prayer. I pray God keep you safe. I pray God fully equip you both mentally and physically and comfort you when you need Him most. The great I Am, the Alpha the Omega, the beginning and the end. May He bless you and yours and keep you safe. Thank you for my continued freedom. Thank you for your service to our country and for all the personal sacrifices made while serving our nation. As a Military Retiree, I know how important each of your missions are and I want to say that I am grateful for your service and all that you do.

Sincerely,

Staff Sergeant R.T. De Coster
U.S. Army (Retired).

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I come from a family with many members who have served our country's military, including my spouse. I know that your job requires a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hard work, and dedication. None of that comes easy. It all requires a choice and effort. You have chosen to fight against the enemy, to support those around you, and to strengthen our country's freedom. No one else can or will ever know exactly what you have endured or what you will face in your future. It is your story. You are like a single thread woven in the flag of freedom. You are important. You matter. You are appreciated. Thank you for choosing to serve.

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Hey Soldier,

I just want you to know that you rock. I know you're serving somewhere right now. You probably miss someone, or miss a certain place, or wish for your favorite food! Whatever it is you're missing right now, know that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Don't forget why you're out there, don't forget to always wear clean socks, and please also thank the person next to you. You rock, soldier! 

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S, Thank you for your willingness to train and serve to protect our nation and try to bring about peace in other countries. K, Thank you for supporting S. in those efforts. It's not easy to face long deployments but you do it with style and grace. To all your friends in similar situations, Thank you. God Bless and keep you all safe in your mission domestically or internationally.

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Please know that there are millions of proud Americans who support you!  We are always grateful for your sacrifice and dedication and we wish you the best of luck.  God love you and protect you!!

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It is with my utmost humble gratitude
for everything that you represent for our blessed America.....
I bow in heartfelt awe.

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Dear Service Member,

I have tried to write this letter 3 times now and every attempt just seems so inadequate. I am grateful for you and the commitment that you have made to our country to keep us safe and enjoying the multitude of freedoms that we enjoy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication and valor.

May God bless you and bring you peace each day when you get a chance to rest and know that you are truly appreciated.

Very sincerely,
Cindy

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Dear Sir , Madam:
I would like to thank you for your service and sacrifice you and your family make to keep our country safe and for keeping my family and myself safe. I know thank you doesn't come close for what you and your brothers do. I've always been a huge supporter of the military and your current mission. Thank you and please tell the others serving with you know my feelings. And I also want to thank all branches of the military. God bless you and protect all of you and hope you're all home safely real soon.

Sincerely,

John Cullen
Philadelphia Pa.

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You're not forgotten. We know you're still out there, separated from your families, often under intolerable circumstances. Be strong. We're waiting for your honorable return home.

Duty, Honor, Country
MIke Smith
MSgt, USAF Ret

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How can I possibly express my gratitude to you for giving a part of your life to allow me to keep my freedom and sense of security and safety in a world that is obviously so chaotic? There are no words in the dictionary to accurately express how amazing you are. Brave is not nearly enough. Courageous doesn't do it. Gallant, heroic and even patriotic are not enough to describe your character on their own. But, all of those words together describe you quite well. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude could never be enough to replace the time you have spent away from your family, enough to compensate you for the experiences you have endured, nor enough to make up for the physical and emotional strain caused by your service.


But I give it to you anyway...along with my solemn promise that I will always support any program, platform, and/or piece of legislation that is in the best interest of the US military personnel, US military families, and US military veterans. That my every vote will put military personnel-past, present, and future first and foremost. You have offered to give your life for me and I will do everything in my power to ensure the sacrifices of US military personnel will never go unnoticed nor uncompensated. My prayers and good wishes for you, your brothers and sisters in arms, and your families. Thank you all for your patriotism, your sacrifices, and your selflessness.

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Dear Soldier,
God Bless you and thank you so much for choosing to defend our great nation!
It is quite a sacrifice and we need to do more for all of you, especially in pay, benefits, and health care. President Trump sincerely feels this way also.
Please know there are thousands of people praying daily for your safety and we totally APPRECIATE you!!

Thank you again for making us feel safe that you have our backs - we sleep better knowing you are guarding AMERICA.

Sincerely,
CL Hanely
INW, Idaho

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To our dearest dedicated and most humble heroes ....

No one forced you to join our military you did so because of your unselfish love for this country. That is the reason for this letter. My uncle was a POW in WWII for over 3 years in the Philippines and survived . He never once regretted ever serving in the army. On the contrary he always stated that it was an honor. It's funny because he passed away a few years ago and I always feel his presence around me . He was a very spiritual person and truly loved people and nature. He always said that the true heroes are the ones who are in heaven. He taught all of his children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and anyone who would listen that no one owes you anything in life but you alone owe it to yourself to leave a legacy of dignity.

May God bless you today and always!

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Thank you so very much for your support and service to our country at home and afar! So very proud to be an American especially for each and every brave military person like yourself defending our country! Go USA!! 

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Dear Military Member,

We will forever be in debt to you and you colleagues for fighting day after day so we can enjoy life the way we choose. I will never understand the bravery it takes to everyday risk your life for others. Freedom is no joke and we should really appreciate it more. Thank you so much!! I'll forever remember all you have done fore me and for this country.

Sincerely,
P.C.

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Dear Military Member,

You don't know how thankful I am for you serving in the military. You must be very brave for taking this part in our country. It must be hard on a daily basis.

Sincerely,
George

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Dear, Military Member
Thank you so for serving for our country. It means a lot to me and my family for what you have sacrificed in your life. I can't imagine how hard it must be to leave people you love and go fight for our country. Again I am so grateful for what you have done. If it weren't for you, I don't know if my family or I would be here right now.
Sincerely J.L.

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Thank you so much! I hope your family is doing well. Your actions are greatly recognized every day. We could not have the privileges we have today without you. Thank you!

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Dear Military Member,

I am so thankful of all the work you do! Thank you for serving our country and going into war. Hope you are having a good time it must be hard to do all of that work on a daily bases. Thank you again for serving our country!!

Sincerely, Luke Skillman

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Dear Military Member,

Words cannot describe how grateful my fellow Americans and I are for your service. Without you, my family and I would not have the freedom and amazing life that we do today. Please know that we love you, and we are more than thankful for what you are doing for this country and its people.

Love,
S.S.

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Thank you for serving our country, and making everything that we have now possible. It is unbelievable that brave men and women like you help serve our country. I hope you and your family are doing well.

Thank you for being one of those brave people.

Sincerely,
C.P.

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Dear Military Member,
Thank you so much for the sacrifice you have made to serve the country. I am so thankful for everything you have done. I would not be in this peaceful country if it wasn't for you.
Thank you.

Sincerely,

F.P.

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Dear Service Member and your family,

Thank you will never be enough for all that you do and sacrifice! I do not take my freedom for granted and am thankful everyday for the brave men and women and their families who protect my freedom.

I pray everyday for your safety and protection during your deployment and service.

Grateful,

DLB

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Wade,

As your parents we find ourselves conflicted with pride for serving our country and concern for your safety. We are very proud of you and your decision to serve this county. You are making a difference in the lives of people who do not have the many blessings and freedoms we have in this country. And for that we are very proud. Stay safe Wade. We love you and are waiting anxiously for your return.

love
mom and dad

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My Dear Son Jason,
I write to say the I could not be prouder of you and your commitment. But while this is a personal note to you, it is also meant for all those who serve, from all of us moms who proudly worry.
I know that you are now on a hospital ship "safely" touring South America. But the world is a dangerous and uncertain place. So, I know that you chose to be at risk to serve a higher calling than even your "regular" nursing career.
We will miss you greatly at Thanksgiving. But we will set a place for you nonetheless, to beckon you home safe, sound and soon! And we will have much to be thankful for... your unflagging dedication, unassuming strength, quiet cheerfulness, and--most of all--basic humanity in a nasty time.
Curare aegra permarinum and semper fortis!
--Mom

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To my son Mitchell - Your are the epitome of a what a sailor and a son should be.

Motivating
Inspirational
Talented
Chief
Hard-working
Empathetic
Loyal
Leader

I am so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for all you do and all the sacrifices you have made for this country.

Love you more than you know,
Mom

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Gerry,

I want to honor you for all your years of service and the deployments you have been on over the past 23 years. As your wife, it is always difficult to see you go. However, it makes me proud to call you my husband knowing the many sacrifices you have made not only for our family but our country too. 

You are an amazing husband, father, son and service man. 
I love you with all my heart,
Your loving wife Susie

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Your mommy just deployed and you feel like your heart has broken. Know that each day it does get a lil better, and before you know it, mommy will be back, wrapping her loving arms around you, telling you how much she loves you.

Stay strong my baby, Grammie loves you.

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Hello!!!

My name is Eric Fields and my two sons Declan and Keegan wanted to say that they are very proud of you for being strong while your parents work to keep us all safe. They have close friends who have a parent deployed and always want to help their friends be happy. When I explained there were thousands more kids, they asked how they could help. So we are writing this together.

Please always remember there are millions of people that are very grateful for the sacrifice your family has made. We the Fields wish you and your family the very best of luck.

THANK YOU!!!!
Eric/Declan/Keegan Fields

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Thank you for supporting your parent to service to help us all! 

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Dear Military Child

Hello My name is Madison Bolig, I am also a military child.

I understand how hard it can be. Moving to different places constantly, it hard and very stress full. You never have friends for long, because you have to leave schools almost every year. Then theirs the counseling that the schools give you that isn't necessary, and makes you feel different from the other kids. You also come home sometime and you mom or dad are not there. Most people wouldn't really understand how you would feel, so its nice to meet or talk to people that understand you and are in the same situation.

There is something really cool I did with friends when every I had to leave I would keep in touch by sending care packages, with pictures and goodies to each other. But all the stuff we sent was our own stuff not something we bought, but something we had and we cared about. We would also send letters to each other. I know what you're thinking. Why would I do that when I can just call or Facetime? Well that is what actually pulls people apart. When you send a letter or a package you get all excited of how you think they will think of it, and how they will respond to you and send stuff back as well. That's something a phone call can't give you.

Also if you ask me I don't have many friends, but I have some friends that are special to me, and I'd rather have some friends that are special and real with me then many friends that don't really care about me. So keep that in mind. Also keep in mind to always thank your parents for taking care of you, your country and everyone around you. I tend to do it every month by doing stuff for them. And remember they love you so much, even when you can't see them they are always going to be thinking of you and your family.

Remember also to take pride in being called a military brat, and don't let anyone talk bad about that, because when you take pride in being a military brat you are representing your country, your family, and all the other military brats out there. So remember that and keep you head up and look on the bright side of life very day.
Sincerely
Madison Bolig

 

 

 

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To my husband, my Marine,

I never truly understood freedom until we met 10 years ago. You opened my eyes to military life. Our love was formed over written letters in boot camp; short, interrupted, dropped phone calls from a satellite phone when you were in Afghanistan, and learning each other all over again after each Homecoming. 

I'm thankful for the man you are. The man who risked everything for a country of people, many of whom won't ever know your name. 

Forever I will be grateful. Forever I will feel blessed to know you, to love you and to support you. 

I love you, my husband, my Marine. 

Xoxoxoxo
Amy Lor

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Dear Veteran,

Thank you for your service.

Please know that you are appreciated and recognized as someone who helped protect our freedom.

Thanks again from a grateful American!

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Dear Veteran,  Thank you for your service. You have given our country your life, time, energy and love. You are an honorable person and thank you doesn't seem enough to say I appreciate your service. Thank you again and always. God Bless you and your family. You are in my heart and I pray for you each and every day. Please remember YOU ARE LOVED. 

HUGS, a Friend. 

 

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Dear Colonel (Angus),
Thank you so much for all you did for our country while you were deployed. I know this was a huge sacrifice. Even though we were not together at that time, I greatly appreciate all you have done to serve. I'm so grateful you are here with me now!
Love you to smithereens!
Loren

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Thank you for your service in the military. You are a courageous hero and very much appreciated. I wish you comfort, happiness, contentment and many moments filled with joy. Best Regards, a thankful U.S.A. Citizen.

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Thank you for all you have done to serve our country.  It is very much appreciated. My Dad was in World War II and thinks about those times often.  I hope you have a long, full life ahead of you with much happiness. Thank you again.

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Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

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Hi,
I'm not sure who I'm supposed to address this to so I will address it to all the veterans. I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate all the sacrifices and bravery you have given up to protect our country and freedom. Without your bravery and sacrifices we would not have our safe and sound lives or our great United States of America so I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your service's and fighting for our country. You do and always will have my respect and will be forever my hero and in my thoughts, my heart and in my prayers. Again thank you for what you have given up to keep us safe and free.

Sincerely yours
Joy B.
Your forever fan

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Thank you for your service! My family comes from a military background  and I truly appreciate all of the sacrifice you and your family have made for our country. Please know that we are grateful. God bless! 

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Dear Poppy,
Without your service in the army, I wouldn't be here writing this letter to you right now. Freedom can be taken for granted but it is one of the most important things in the world. Thank you
Love,
Sawyer
Severance

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Dear Veterans,
Thank you for serving before. People do not give you enough credit for fighting and giving your lives so we can have freedom. I know what it is like because my grandfather fought in the war. Thank you for serving.

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Thank you for your service. You have been a wonderful asset to our country. 

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Hey there fellow Military Spouse, 

I see you over there wearing multiple hats. I see you juggling this thing called life- military life. 

Tho you aren't the one wearing a uniform, you are vital to your Soldier. You are part of the team. 

I see you doing all the things even when it's tough. Remember to give yourself grace. 

Sweet friend you are rocking this life. I appreciate your sacrifice as a spouse and keeping it together while your Soldier is away. I appreciate you being the calm to your Soldier. 

I see you holding down the fort! 

Bless

Ashley Mercado

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Thank you for your sacrifice for the country. A strong and supportive spouse helps the solider deployed able to focus on the mission.

Continue to be strong and know we are proud of you and your solider.

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Thank you for the support you give to your military spouse. I retired from the military with over 21 years of service. I didn't realize how much my wife did to support my military career until I retired and discovered how much I missed on a regular basis, justifying it as it's what the job requires. It did require the time, and fortunately my wife supported me during those times. Thank you for the sacrifices you make so your spouse can fulfill their service to our country.

Rahne

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Dear Military Spouse,

Thank you seems to simple to say. I offer my gratitude for your commitment to these United States of America. I have no idea how difficult it is to be a spouse of one who is in a foreign country fighting for our freedoms here but wanted you to know that I appreciate you and admire you!

Wishing you a great week!
Linda

 

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To my dear daughter-in-law...
Being newly married brings many new adaptations... but being a military spouse is sacrificial soldiering as well. ...we are so blessed to have you in our family and to be the great support to our son and his fellow soldiers with each days work. He makes you proud but you make him .. and us proud as well.
We pray for you ....that you are safe and strong in your support .... as it is set before you.
We are fortunate that your spirit shines for our son... yours and our families, friends, coworkers, and all within your circle at this time.
With our gratitude and love.

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Dear Military Spouse,

Your nation is thankful for your service even though you are under cover and 99% of your sacrifices are unseen. You are stronger than you feel, wiser than you know, and more squared away than your civilian spouse counterparts. Embrace the suck, love and lean on your friends, and remember you can do all things with confidence and a bottle of wine.

Don't be good - Be Great!

Love your Fellow Spouse/Semper Fi,
C.B.

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Carrie,
I want to take the time to let you know you are doing a fabulous job!! You are currently going through the 3rd deployment since you've been married. I know this is the longest one yet. You are being mom, dad, teacher, and many more to your precious 5 children!! You amaze me everyday with your patience, multitasking, and love for your husband and family. I have so much gratitude for Abel as he serves our country and you as you serve on the home front! I know this last year has been tough as you lost your mama & best friend to her battle with breast cancer. I know she is so very proud of you, never doubt that!! You never cease to amaze me with how strong you are! You are much stronger than you give yourself credit for!! Abel is blessed to have such a strong woman by his side!! I am blessed to call you my best friend! I wish I could do more for you, but I'm writing this so you know how much you are loved. Keep up the great work!! Love you to infinity!!

~Heather

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Dear MilSo,

You are so very valued. Keep up the good work on running your household, taking care of your daily duties and most importantly taking care of yourself. I know you work hard to keep your spouse and your family happy but don't forget to take time for yourself to just relax. We have such a great opportunity to show what being a military spouse is all about. I hope you are doing well.

with love,

KK

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To My Husband,

Thank you for seeing the bigger picture in life and standing in the gap to defend our Nation. You defend our freedoms with humility and true character. You are such an excellent example of a human and man. What an anchor you are to those who know you. You have seen a lot and been challenged in ways most will never fully understand or know. But your family knows. Yet, you choose to look at the good and the positive in this life. I love how you live out your true faith in God for all to see. Thank you for being an amazing person and husband, daddy, brother, son, supporter, lover of freedom & true soldier. I love you more then you will ever know. Stay strong and see you soon.

Sarah

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Dear Military Spouse,

Thank YOU for your service! Thank you for your continued support of your spouse, and for your unending loyalty and love. Thank you for stepping up and facing challenges that was once the task delegated to your spouse. Thank you for holding down the fort, and making sure your spouse has a home to come back to. Thank you for helping to "normalize" things when our boys and girls return. Thank YOU for everything YOU do!

Sincerely,
The Gonzalez family

 

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In honor of the Day of the Deployed...know that you are seen. Your sacrifice is noticed. YOU are noticed.  And, regardless of where you are in the deployment and readiness cycle, know that you are fantastically loved. 

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To the spouse that continues to move, make a new city home, make new friends, get a new job, be a single parent. 
You are strong, oh so strong!
and appreciated, more than you will ever know!
Your actions and attitude don't go unnoticed.
And today, while we once again salute your service member, we also salute you!
For all that you have done and will do to stand beside them; For the sacrifices you have made; you are truly incredible!
Stay strong!
RWLTW

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Dear Spouse,
We want you and your family to know how much we appreciate your commitment to our country, and keeping us safe. I was a Military Spouse, and still after all these years remember those many days when keeping our family moving forward and always being the cheerleader was trying and took so much of my energy. Know that what you do everyday from breakfast to cookies waiting for them when they come home is Important and you are not alone. Praying for you to feel the support from the many of us that have walked before you.
Dawn

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You are brave and stronger than you know. I can't imagine the difficulties you have and will experience. I pray your loved one comes home safe and that you and your family have a wonderful life together.
God bless you and your family.
Thank you for all of your sacrifices.

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Dear Spouse,

I want to thank you and your spouse for the service provided to the United States. I can't imagine how you live knowing that your husband or wife may live in harms way everyday of their service. What a sacrifice you both make to help keep me and my family safe. My thanks is not enough. I also send my prayers for your safety & strength.

You are all heroes of this great nation.

Sincerely and God Bless

SS

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Dear Military Spouse

As the spouse of a military personnel, I wanted to personally thank you for your time and commitment to your family. I know it is sometimes a hard life, but the strength of the military family is almost always found in the home.

My father was a 32 year career Army NCO. He was deployed in WWII, Korea in '51, Viet Nam in '67 and '69 , and Korea again in '71. We also lived in Japan, Germany and many Army posts throughout the USA. My mother was the strength of the family - raising nine children. She moved us around the world several times and always kept the home fires burning.

My father always said that his strength came from knowing that things were okay at home.

Stay strong, have faith and may God Bless you and your entire family.

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Our youngest daughter recently married an army officer. When she met him he was just a college student, a fraternity president, a guy with big dreams. She married him and supported him through boot camp, officers school, and all the things that have come after. They are in the early stages of this life they have chosen. As a parent, our pride is unbelievable. What he is doing for her, their family to come, and our country is beyond anything we could have ever asked of him. And we are also bursting with pride knowing that he couldn't do any of this without her!   Thank you to you and yours for everything! 

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