Stand up and notice this: “Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America” from Jim Beam and Operation Homefront

Are you ready to tell the story of your hero? Or heroine? The “Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America” contest is sponsored by Jim Beam and partnered with Operation Homefront and has some great prizes! Read below to find out more and get ready to tell them about your friend or family member!

The goal of this contest is to recognize and salute the men and women of our armed services and recognize their sacrifices with four special packages for their entertainment and pleasure at very special events! The selected essay winners will receive a Jim Beam® VIP Experience Package for both the winner and the service member described in the winning entry. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize package: $6,250. Read that again! These prizes are worth $6,250! The best part is that once you enter your entry stays eligible for each prize period!

A quick list of the prizes from the Jim Beam Facebook page:

Period 2 Grand Prize: Golfers’ Dream Package, to include tickets to the final two (2) days of a major golf championship at Pebble Beach on June 19 and 20, 2010. The application date closes 4/12.

Period 3 Grand Prize: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, to include field box tickets to a home game for a professional baseball team on Chicago’s South Side on July 10, 2010. The application date closes 5/17.

Period 4 Grand Prize: Rock Out with the Kid, to include tickets to a concert and the opportunity to meet Kid Rock in 2010. The application date closes 6/21.

Period 1 Grand Prize: Kentucky Bourbon Heaven to include premium tickets to the famous thoroughbred stakes race at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2010, a visit to the Jim Beam distillery and a VIP bourbon tasting and meal with Fred Noe, seventh-generation Jim Beam distiller and great-grandson of Jim Beam. Unfortunately, the application date for the Period 1 contest closed on 3/8.

Aren’t these prizes great!?? Airfare, hotels, meals all included!

What a great Homecoming package or celebration for a service member! Injured warrior? Special needs? Anniversary/Birthday celebration after multiple deployments? The list can go on based solely on your story about “your service member”! How do you win? Write an essay (no longer than 250 words) about why your friend or family member in the military (must be 21 years of age) deserves to be recognized! Hit them up with your/their best shot/story and you can walk away with one of the four Grand Prizes!

When I asked Kelly with Jim Beam why they were doing this for our service members, she said that Jim Beam has been intertwined with the military since 1795 when they first started producing bourbon! From a family with numerous military members Kelly also felt that Jim Beam had a lot of heart for the military community and demonstrated that through this effort and their partnership with Operation Homefront.

To find out more and to find all the rules please go to the Jim Beam website and enter the contest at the Jim Beam Facebook page. Be sure to tell others about the contest and post the information on your blogs, twitter, facebook, etc!

This is a great opportunity! Thank you to Kelly from Jim Beam and Fallon from Edelman PR for arranging the interview so we can tell their story to you!

We all need to be appreciated and Jim Beam is giving us the opportunity to tell our stories! Take the time to enter and tell America about your hero and you might just have a wonderful trip and event to attend!

Photo Credit: Jim Beam Facebook page.byColonel KonFriday, March 12, 2010Military Life:,,

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