Connecting With Our Veterans

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Folger Coffee Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, it can be easy to forget one very important day that comes each November.

Veterans Day.

Photo by Jakob Owens/Unsplash

Photo by Jakob Owens/Unsplash

As I look at this photo of my grandpa (I called him Papaw), it really makes me wish that I could go back and talk to him one more time. Both he and my grandmother have both passed, but I can remember talking to Papaw about his service in the army several times throughout my life.

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He spent quite a bit of time overseas during the Korean conflict, and while he didn’t really like to talk about the specifics of his service, I know that he appreciated the fact that I cared. That’s really what it comes down to, I think. Just taking the time to spend a few moments with a Veteran and showing that you’re interested to hear about their life, their story, I think that’s really important.

I always loved talking to my Papaw about his early life, and it was fun to see his eyes light up as he recalled specific warm memories from his childhood.

Even if like me, you’ve lost the Veterans in your family, there are still undoubtedly people in your life who have served and who would love to be engaged for a moment. Perhaps over a cup of coffee! I still remember that can of Folgers sitting on my grandparents’ counter, and I love that you can buy Folgers K-cup pods at Walmart. The aroma and flavor of Folgers makes me think of my grandparents!

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I’ll bet if you reminisce a little on your own childhood you may remember that iconic red Folgers coffee can in your grandparent’s home as well.

Instead of simply letting Veterans Day pass unnoticed this year, I would like to challenge you to share a cup of Folgers coffee from Walmart and take some time to swap stories with a Veteran.

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I’ll be stopping in on our 75-year-old neighbor who is a Vietnam Veteran. My husband and I have grown pretty close to him over the past couple years, and we love talking to him about everything from his day to his travels and other interesting life experiences.

Honestly, I just love hearing his wonderful stories. He is really a jewel of a neighbor and we’re so lucky to have had the chance to get to know him over the years we’ve lived in this house. He’s even become somewhat of a mentor to my husband. They are like two peas in a pod, and it was so funny a few years ago when we realized that he and my husband even share the same birth date! What are the odds?

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You know, Veterans Day is one holiday in which you don’t have to buy expensive gifts or go out of your way to make an impact in someone’s life. It’s as simple as brewing a hot cup of Folgers coffee and sitting down for a little conversation with a Veteran. Maybe you have an elderly neighbor or relative that you can honor, or, you could stop by a nursing home in your area.

No matter who you choose to honor this Veterans Day, just remember to take the time to do it. We owe our veterans so much, and sharing some time and a cup of coffee is really the least we can do. #sharefolgers #veteransday

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