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Celebrating Military Family Appreciation Month #sponsored #MetLifeTDP

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Did you know that November is National Military Family Appreciation Month? If you know a friend, neighbor or relative in the military, this is a great time to let them know how thankful you are for their service as well how much you appreciate the service and sacrifices of their whole family.

Woof Woof Papa served in the US Army and did 2 active duty deployments, so as the wife of an Army veteran, I can tell you that a day doesn’t go by without me taking time to be thankful for his safe return. It was a difficult time having him away, and there was lots to worry about with his safety, and taking care of things at home while he was gone.

One thing that I really appreciate NOT to have to stress out about during those tough times was health care. That’s because active duty service members AND their families are eligible for a special program called the TRICARE Health Plan, which also includes the opportunity to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program.

About MetLife TRICARE Dental for Military Families

MetLife TRICARE Dental provides dental benefits to spouses and children of Active Duty personnel and National Guard and Reserve members and their families. It’s ideal for military families because it is a convenient and cost effective way for families to have continuous dental coverage despite changes in life events, geographical locations, or military status. Regardless of where a military family is located, coverage can be accessed from the large network of dental providers worldwide.

Families enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program are eligible for low cost premiums, free annual exams, and discounts on orthodontist services. As I’m sure you do, I place a high value on my families health and well-being, so I think you’ll really appreciate how cost effective, flexible, and easily accessible the program is.

Learn More about TRICARE Dental

To learn more enroll your military family, visit: www.metlife.com/tricare

You can also connect with them and other military families on the MetLife TDP Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MetLifeTDP

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Military/Veteran’s Discount + Great Pet Gifts at Bed Bath & Beyond

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If you or someone you know is a US military member or veteran, be sure to mark your calendar & spread the word because Bed Bath and Beyond is offering a very special discount in celebration of Veteran’s Day! Shop in-store November 8-11th and get 20% OFF your entire purchase. Proper ID is required, and certain items may be excluded, so contact your local store with questions. Click HERE for store locator.

As many of you know, Woof Woof Papa is an Army Veteran, so we’re super excited to take advantage of this deal to stock up on Soda Stream supplies, maybe some new throw pillows, and a few fun items for Daisy.

If you haven’t checked out the pet section at Bed Bath and Beyond, be sure you do next time you are there…they have some CUTE stuff. Every time I’m there I spot great gift ideas for pets!

If you aren’t eligible for the military or veteran’s discount, be sure to watch for Bed Bath & Beyond coupons in magazines or the mail, and sign up for their email offers to get 20% OFF one item of your choice!

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2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards {Vote Daily}

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We remember and honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 on the 13th anniversary of that tragic day. And today, we’re taking a break from bringing you pet deals and giveaway news, and invite you to join with us in paying tribute to America’s outstanding hero dogs.

Voting for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards is open, and you have the chance to help name the top American Hero Dog of 2014. Go HERE to read all about the 8 finalists and vote for your favorite.  They are ALL heroic hounds for sure!

Of particular note among the fearless furry finalists is Bretagne, believed to be the last known living 9/11 Ground Zero search and rescue dog. You can read more about her talents and selfless work by visiting her nominee profile here.

Other finalists include a military dog, a guide dog, a therapy dog and more. Visit herodogawards.org to learn more and vote now through September 15 when voting ends. Rules say you can vote daily!

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Send FREE eCards for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

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Do you know a neighbor, friend or family member who is a military spouse? Well, today is a GREAT time to say THANKS for all they do, because in their own way, military spouses serve our country too! Woof Woof Papa served in the US Army, so I know first hand how challenging it can be to hold down the fort while your spouse is away on deployment.

Today, May 9th, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, so head on over to the National Military Family Association website where you can send FREE eCards to every military spouse and family you know. Just one small way we can all support the spouses and families who support our service members!

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U.S. Military Working Dog National Monument Unveiled at Special Dedication Ceremony

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We were super excited to learn that the first national monument honoring U.S. Military Working Dog teams was unveiled in a special dedication ceremony earlier this week at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas. As America’s newest national monument, the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument’s main granite pedestal features the U.S. military’s four prominent working dog breeds since WWII (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois).

The nine foot tall bronze dog handler represents all dog handlers of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that served during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror. Another significant design feature is the “Not Forgotten Fountain” – a fully functional bronze dog and handler water fountain that epitomizes the bond between dog and handler. The larger than life, “hero-sized”, bronze handler and dogs, tell the stories of the unbreakable bond between America’s war dogs and their handlers, and the courage to protect and serve.

The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was funded through the generosity of corporate sponsors including our blog sponsor Natural Balance Pet Foods, along with Petco, Maddie’s Fund, veterans groups, dog groups, donations made by individuals, and funds raised through charitable events. Natural Balance has also supported the funding of the monument with sales of their Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats available at Petco. And also recognized “Canines with Courage” during the 2013 Rose Parade with a floral replica of the monument.

The founder and inspiration for the national monument is John C. Burnam, a highly decorated Vietnam Infantry Veteran Scout Dog Handler and author of Dog Tags of Courage and A Soldier’s Best Friend. Visit the website and Facebook page for more info and photos.

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Help Honor Military Working Dog and Their Handlers

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Military Working Dogs have saved thousands of American lives since WWII, and at the same time provided companionship and support to our active duty service people. For the first time in U.S. Military history, working dogs have been elevated to National Monument status by congressional law (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877).

The bronze statues of the four primary dog breeds (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois) and dog handler will represent the crucial part dogs played in four major conflict periods: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The National Monument will be dedicated in October 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where the military working dog teams are trained.

Help Natural Balance and Petco Foundation raise One Million Dollars for the monument:

All proceeds from the sale of 12 oz. Natural Balance Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats at Petco will be donated to fund this national monument honoring Military Working Dogs!

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