Tips to Honor a Military Veteran with Coffee Moments - Healthy By Heather Brown

Tips to Honor a Military Veteran with Coffee Moments

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I have a military veteran in my family who is very important to me…my daddy. And, yes, I’m 28 years old and still call him that. Maybe it’s a southern thing? But, with July 4th around the corner, I thought it would be fun to sit down and honor him by sharing some memories of his time in the navy with some special coffee moments and a brunch.

Breakfast for CompanyTo make it a special occasion, I kept it simple but included a few snacks with our coffee. I had some mixed berries (love the patriotic colors!), deviled eggs, and of course coffee with some Coffee-mate Vanilla (which is always my guilty pleasure in coffee). Luckily, the bottle was already dressed up for me so it fit in well with the theme. (Bonus!  Coffee-mate is donating to a fantastic organization called Operation Homefront. This organization helps provide assistance to wounded military members and their families too!

I asked my dad to pull out his old picture books from the military so I could look through them. Look at that handsome devil in the picture below (George Mackey)!

Daddy Navy PictureMy dad recounted some of his navy tales to me and the rest of our family. It’s always so interesting to hear about. My dad joined the navy during the Vietnam War in 1971. He was an electrician’s mate on a destroyer for a short time and spent a lot of time on a salvage and rescue ship.

He went all over the world including Monaco, Vietnam, Greece, Hawaii, in the arctic, Spain, Sicily, Italy and his home port was out of Mayport, Florida! When I asked him about one of his favorite memories, he said it would have to be Christmas in Athens, Greece. He said the lights and décor were beautiful from the water on the boat and it was so neat to see the Parthenon all lit up by the city lights.

Breakfast to Honor a Military VeteranSome of his favorite places he visited were Greece or Monaco. He said in the navy he was forced to mature quickly and take care of himself. My dad loves his country and I’m so thankful for veterans like him and others who are still serving our country that allow us to be free.

I would encourage you to have a coffee moment with someone you know and love that is in the military to make them feel special. Or maybe you even do something like this for men and women in nursing homes who are veterans. That would be such a treat to them!


If you want to pick up this specially labeled Coffee-mate bottle, you can find it at Walmart until July 4th while supplies last next to the other creamers. Come up with your own food choices or just copy mine. 😉 We had lots of fun and I always love hearing my dad’s stories.  God bless the USA!

Heather Brown helps busy mamas of young littles who are caught in the hustle to find encouragement in their journey to true health, from the inside out, starting with the heart. Read her journey of learning to live a life well-loved HERE!


  1. Susan M
    June 16, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Excellent write-up and the setting and pictures are just great!

  2. June 17, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    This is so touching. We have so much we owe our military and it’s heartwarming to see them honored. Your ‘Daddy’ is undoubtedly very proud of his daughter too!

    • Heather
      June 17, 2014 / 10:33 pm

      That’s so sweet of your to say, Toni! Thanks so much for the comment and for taking the time to read this post. I hope you get to make someone from the military feel special for the 4th as well. 🙂

  3. Samantha K
    June 25, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Beautiful! Your dad is a true hero! Little chats and moments over coffee make for great stories and memories. #client

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