Inspiring stories of bravery, patriotism and selfless acts don’t always come from the battlefield. They also come from our backyard, by civilians who truly want to show their gratitude and support for our military.
Just before the 2007 Fourth of July holiday, Deb Benson was searching for an engaging way to teach her sons about the expression of gratitude. As she researched ways to show appreciation for the men and women who defend our country, she learned that service members often collected unique military coins – either earned through achievements or simply to enhance morale. This gave her an idea.
Benson and her family would design a special coin of their own, which they would present to soldiers as a way to thank them for their service.
As she set out to place a small order of coins, she discovered that she would need to purchase 2,000 of them in order to qualify for a price break. Rather than scrap her idea altogether, Benson leaned on the inspiration that comes from her family’s legacy of patriotism, as well as her passion to connect with others. This led to starting the Grateful American Coin program.
Focused on providing a tangible way of displaying gratitude to those who serve, the Grateful American Coin quickly brought those first 2,000 coins to life. They were then sold to people who wanted to personally thank our military. Proceeds from each sale were donated to organizations that provide support services for the severely injured men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Today, the Grateful American Coin has recognized more than 51,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and veterans. Additionally, it has donated more than $113,000 to partner organizations, including The Special Ops Warrior Foundation and Paws for Patriots.
From all of us at 3 Daughters Brewing, we want to say “Tango Yankee” for your dedication, passion and honor in serving our country.
If you’d like to donate, purchase coins, or read stories of those who have given or received coins, please visit GratefulAmericanCoin.org.