Why a Military Dad is the Best Valentine

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Frenchy said it best with “The only man a girl can depend on is her daddy”. Though a little bit different than Grease, here’s why your military dad is the best Valentine:

He’ll never break your heart

No matter how many sisters you have, you are all the most important women in his life and the last thing your dad wants to see is you hurt! Especially when it comes to a heart break.

No matter how many deployments or super secret missions he’s been on, every dad is a real softy at heart, especially when it comes to his girls. Plus if a boy breaks your heart, there’s a good chance your dad is willing to break him!

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He already knows your favorite flower

Years of Valentine’s and drawings of flowers, of course he knows your favorite bouquet!

He also knows if you prefer silver or gold, white, milk, or dark chocolate, and what your favorite restaurant is. And, if he forgets, he can always ask your mom or sister! Because military brats aren’t actual brats, rare occasions like Valentine’s Day give your dad an opportunity to spoil you a little. It doesn’t have to be some crazy expensive necklace or handbag either, maybe a $5 bracelet from Forever21 or your favorite candy.

It’s just as special as of a day for him

Sometimes it’s hard to remember, especially when they are gone, that they miss you just as much as you miss them. So even though holidays without our heroes aren’t unusual, when he is home for a holiday, your dad wants to take full advantage of the special occasion. He wants to be home for Christmases and birthdays too, so Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to spend that special time together

A dozen roses are half off at the exchange

You don’t need to spend your entire G.I. bill on a wonderful valentine’s day either! One year, my dad got me a fresh pack of #2 pencils, 6 roses ($4 at the Exchange/Commissary) and a bag of gummy worms. Needless to say, I felt like the Queen of Sheba!

He’s happy that HE is your valentine and not some other boy

In your dad’s eyes, no boy will ever be good enough for you. Can you imagine how happy he is that you’d rather spend Valentine’s Day with him? Over the moon! Plus, no matter what you and your dad do on this special day, no boy can top whatever your dad has planned, even if it’s just watching “Band of Brothers” and eating hot wings.

No matter the distance, he’ll always be your Valentine

I’ve learned that this statement really is true. My Grandpa is still my mom’s Valentine, especially since he was an engineer in the Army. The connection between a military man and his daughter is one that cannot be fully understood by those around us.

Though I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as “Daddy’s Little Girl” or “Daddy’s Princess”, I’ve never once doubted that my mom, sisters and I have always been the most important women in my dad’s life.

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What’s your favorite Valentine’s memory with your dad?

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables comms to exist throughout the military journey. The entire DOD organizational structure built into Sandboxx lets those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by give loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic or on deployment. Learn more about how Sandboxx is revolutionising the way our military community thrives at www.sandboxx.us and download the app here, www.sandboxx.us/app.

4 Great Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Here at Sandboxx, a lot of us have been on both sides of receiving and sending Valentine’s Day cards when deployed or in basic training. It can be a difficult time of the year but a nice note or some loving wishes can make all the difference to the spirits of your loved one when they are off the grid. We sat down around the office and thought of some of the best gifts that we’ve sent and received in the past. These are our suggestions:

1. Write a love letter and add some photos from your early dating days, past Valentine’s or wedding day. A thoughtful and loving message can mean more than buying and sending expensive gifts. If you are having writer’s block when it comes to the letter, why not try write “14 things that you love about him/her” – the thoughts begin to fly once you start making the list.

2. Send a care package. If you want to send a care package make sure that its contents are practical, particularly if you are sending it to your military man. He may not want to appear too emotional in front of his unit. Add in some of his or her favourite things and wait for a loving response. Include a lock of hair taped to your love note.

3. If you have kids, why not sit down with them and have some fun making homemade Valentine cards. This is one of the best gifts that off the grid service member can receive and it is a great excuse to enjoy some quality time with your kids. You may enjoy it more than them!

4. Send a Mailboxx from the Sandboxx app. We don’t like to brag, but there’s never been an easier way to send your loved one a letter and pictures. Snap a picture, write a note and just hit send. We’ll take care of printing and posting your letter and even include a return envelope for your loved one. This must be expensive? No, it’s not. You can even try it out for free when you download the app here.

We’d love to hear from you about your Valentine’s Day suggestions and stories. What are some of your ideas? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.