One of the things I encourage on a regular basis on my FB page Verian Universe is a program called Cup of Joe for a Joe. A company called Green Beans Coffee has several stores located in FOB’s in Afganistan, Iraq, Djibouti, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Southwest Asia, United Arab Emirates and they’ve started to expand to the US.
What makes them more awesome than other coffee companies; other than being where our troops are in places with little creature comforts?
The Cup of Joe for a Joe program is where you can buy a military man or woman who’s signed up for the program a Cup of Joe. The prices of a cup can be as little as 2$ up to 60$ depending on how much you’re buying or you can customize an amount.
Does 2$ really make a difference?
My husband’s been deployed four times and most of my friends have 3-5 deployments under their belts. They’re die hard Green Beans supporters now. When you buy a cup of joe it goes to someone you never met on a list with a note from you. Often the soldier writes a thank you back. This seriously increases moral like you can’t imagine.
I’ve had to listen too many times to a loved one over there saying they’re not getting enough water bottles, food, sunscreen or how they had to wait for deodorant ’cause the PX is out, again.
A simple thank you and a cup of coffee or tea makes them feel just a little less unappreciated.