So if you had told me five years ago that my website and efforts would be responsible for saving a potential marriage I would have said you were crazy but here's the story
This lady had been engaged to a British soldier for awhile and to be honest, she was having doubts about if she would be able to go through with it while her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for 6-9 months at a time. She felt alone in this situation as she didn’t know anyone that had gone through the same thing or could understand the feelings she was having.
Well, she informed me that she had joined the “Thank A Soldier” cause after seeing the site on the big screen at the Calgary Flames game a few months ago when I was the BMO Community Hero of the game.
She joined the cause and saw that there was a lot of Army wives and girlfriends posting photos of their husbands and boyfriends and so she sent one of them a message. After becoming close friends with a few of them she felt she could make it through and the love that she has for her fiancé would get her through the long months when he is away.
They got married last August!
See, yes Thank A Soldier has 4.2 Million members but its much more than the numbers, its about families of soldiers meeting each other. The families of fallen soldiers helping each other cope with the loss of a loved one. We have easily 15,000 soldiers that are a member of the group and it makes their day to come on the site and read all the messages daily.
I have received numerous emails from men and women serving in various locations that check the site a few times a week when they are having a rough day or need that extra push to get going.
I have a group of ten soldiers who a group of school kids in Miami, FL sent letters to about to finish their tour soon and their first act when they get back is to go visit this school and they are having a large assembly for them.
I want to thank every single person who has joined and helped this site grow to the amazing thing it has become.