When it comes to patriotism, it doesn’t get any better than John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). John Cena is about as All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie. He proves this day in and day out, but the most important way he shows this is through his undying support for the United States Armed Forces. John Cena supports the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in a big way and has done so on many occasions through trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the annual event WWE Support the Troops.
This hits home for me because my name is Terry Thompson, and I am a Soldier in the United States Army. I have over 21 years of service with two deployments to Iraq, one to Kuwait, and one to Afghanistan. I am thankful and truly appreciate it when people like John Cena take time out of their life to show support for service members stateside and abroad. During my four deployments, I can’t tell you that everything was perfect, but it wasn’t extremely bad. We didn’t always get John Cena, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie but we have had our fair share of really good food and some equally patriotic supporters.
For me, it didn’t take much to make me happy during a deployment. Just a few simple pleasures from home in the form of care packages from friends and family always kept a smile on mine and everyone’s faces. If you have ever sent someone a care package, whether it was something simple as cookies, candy, shaving cream, razors, extra clothes, a stuffed animal, or a box of books/DVD’s, I can assure you that the receiving service member was smiling from ear to ear and didn’t hesitate to share a little of home with his/her “battle buddies”.
Even though John Cena is only one of the many “stars” that have made the personal/professional sacrifice to show support for service members, I for one am truly thankful that we have people in this world that hasn’t forgotten “freedom, isn’t free”. It doesn’t take much, but things like John Cena, care packages, good food, and just some simple pleasures from home are all great ways to get and keep a service member motivated to keep doing what we do every day when we are not at home.
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