Guest post by Lori Felix, Omaha Steaks Brand Ambassador
As a new brand ambassador, I was delighted to learn that Omaha Steaks has a long history of supporting our military and their families. Both my husband and I proudly served in the Army, and like many other veterans, we love to support companies that give back to the men and women who served our country.
I met Todd and Bruce Simon, the 5th generation owners last year and learned firsthand about their support for the Navy SEALS Family Foundation, Wounded Warriors Family Support High-Five Tour and that Omaha Steaks has shipped meals overseas to military members during the holidays. During the government shutdown, the U.S. Coast Guard was the only branch of the military that was affected. Omaha Steaks donated 8,000 Skirt Steak & Vegetable slow cooker meals to 18 U.S. Coast Guard bases across the country.
If you want to thank a veteran or an active-duty service member, I recommend sending a gift card or an E-gift card from Omaha Steaks. They can use it to order a meal for themselves or have it sent to their family back home if they are deployed. Gift Cards and E-Gift Cards are available from $5.00 to $500.00 and can be used to shop online, by phone, mail or fax, as well as at any Omaha Steaks retail location.
Omaha Steaks Military Discount
Omaha Steaks offers a 10% Military Discount for active duty, military, retirees, military spouses and dependents. Get the details and sign up for their military discount.
Steaks for GOOD Program
There are several military support organizations participating in the Omaha Steaks – Steaks for Good program where 10% of your purchase of selected favorite products directly benefits the organization of your choice. See the available Steaks for Good participating organization.
If your organization is looking for an easy and popular way to raise funds for your favorite charity, team up with Omaha Steaks and their Steaks for GOOD program.
While we are enjoyed our backyard cookouts and Memorial Day festivities, all of us on the Omaha Steaks team salute our military veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom.
Here are additional ways to honor our living veterans and to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Ways to Honor Military Veterans
1. Volunteering to place flags on military graves
Growing up, my Dad brought me and my siblings along before Veterans Day and Memorial Day to place flags on the graves of servicemen and women. We were instructed that this was a solemn task and no complaining was tolerated. I can remember hot days, cold days, rainy days and bug-infested days. It didn’t matter to Dad. He would explain that our servicemen and women endured these conditions and much worse to keep us safe and free. It was a regular family project that left a deep impression on all of us. Contact your local American Legion or VFW organization to volunteer your time during the military holidays and all year long.
2. Reach out to a military family in your community
Extend a hand in friendship to a military family. Invite them over for a meal, bring them a meal or invite them out for dinner. Something as simple as running an errand or taking a walk together can forge a friendship. If Mom or Dad is deployed, there will be additional challenges for the spouse at home. Get to know them and find out what you can offer. Simple gestures such as clipping extra diaper coupons, cutting the grass,or stocking their freezer with easy slow cooker and skillet meals can mean so much when you are alone.
3. Put it in writing
Write a letter of thanks to a military family, those currently in the service or a veteran through amillionthanks.org.
4. Visit an older veteran or wounded vet
Contact a nursing home or a veterans hospital. A visit can brighten a day and help a veteran to know they are not forgotten. The Walter Reed National Military Center has a Facebook page that provides inspiration and ideas.
For more ideas like this, I invite you to read my post Honoring Our Veterans Beyond Memorial Day
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