For Memorial Day: A Soldier, a Father, a Song (also a Bonus AAdvantage Miles Offer)

I hope you’re having a good Memorial Day. If you’re like me, you’re weekend revolves around family, food, and fun.

A few days ago I heard a very moving story on the radio, and it’s reminded me that this day should also be a time to pause and reflect, and to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the military.

It also seems appropriate to try to pay tribute to them for their sacrifice, and I thought I might (in some very small way) be able to do so by sharing the story with you.

NPR reporter Melissa Block tells the story of an Army dad whose “words of loss, grief and remembrance heard on the radio turned into a number one country song.”

(Click the ‘Play’ button below to listen)

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Donate to the USO and earn Bonus AAdvantage Miles

There are far more good reasons to donate money to the USO, but it’s doesn’t hurt to earn some extra AAdvantage Miles with your donation.

Honor, salute and celebrate our troops and their families

To commemorate, American will host a 6-week campaign supporting the USO’s mission to lift the spirits of America’s troops and families. Your ongoing support of the USO makes a significant, positive and lasting difference in the lives of our troops and military families and assures them that you are always by their side in times of war and peace.

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• Offer valid May 27 through July 4, 2013

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Giving and Winning

Frugal Travel Guy Rick has announced a new non-profit foundation he set up that’s dedicated to helping veterans, their families, and to fighting hunger:

Many of you know of my soft spot for the men and women of our country that have given so much of themselves in the military, sometimes with horrific life consequences. Wounded Warriors Project, the Fisher Houses and other Veterans programs will now benefit more from my day to day spend.

And the shocking news that over 14 million kids under the age of 18 in our country are not sure day to day if they will get a dinner time meal is just too hard for me to imagine. These are American problems that will take American solutions and I’m dedicating myself to giving the cashback I can earn on my daily spend to hungry kids and our Veterans.

Visit Our Chance to Give to find our more about his project and for a chance to win a Tumi Thai Airlines First Class amenity kit.

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