The Scripps Network (Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel, etc.) has been a big part of our household television programming for a long time now. As a veteran, I have always been impressed by the attention that these channels give to soldiers and veterans. So I was excited to hear that The Scripps Network is teaming up with the USO and Marie Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to welcome one special soldier back to his/her family in a national television event, “A Hero’s Welcome”, airing on November 11, 2014.
I was in Iraq in 2003 and, being so far away from our loves ones and from anything familiar, we were always on the lookout for some comforts from home. The hardest part was that we were based in a forward area. That meant no bases, no shops, and limited access to fresh water, food, and electricity. Even calls to home were few and far between. It’s not easy to be so removed from our normal way of life. We would buy cases of soda just for a little taste of home…
…and we were overjoyed on the few occasions when we were invited into the homes of local community members to share a meal.
Little moments like these really help to lift morale and morale is what allows a unit to make it through the hardest times. That’s why I love organizations like the USO. They strive to lift the spirits of the troops so that the troops can keep on fighting.
Right now, if you purchase Marie Callender’s frozen meals, you’ll receive a code and, for each code that you enter on the Comforts From Home website, Marie’s will send a donation to USO2GO, a USO group that sends electronics, sports equipment, hard to find hygiene items, etc. to troops in remote locations.
As much as those comforts may help keep troops motivated, nothing motivates more than the prospect of heading home.
Tune-in as Marie Callender’s, the USO and an army of experts from food, home and travel provide the comforts of home as only Marie Callender’s can, in a truly heartwarming homecoming you’ll always remember.
“A Hero’s Welcome” will welcome one special soldier back to their family in a national television event airing on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. The one-hour TV special will air across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Channel, and Great American County.
Have you served or know someone who has served in a remote location? What comforts would you miss most?
I have been selected by Tap Influence to be a spokesperson for Marie Callender’s While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.