TROY S. | U.S. MARINE VETERAN | KROGER, GROCERY MANAGER, BLANCHESTER, OH
I served from 1988 through 1992 in the U.S. Marine Corps. My job was in communications. I joined because I have a father and grandfather who were Marines and I wanted to serve like they did. I was deployed from Camp Pendleton to the Persian Gulf during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns. My family was always my main source of support, but my Marine unit was there for me, too. In the Marines, I learned that I had more discipline than I thought…and that I could cope well while still being away from home. But you do miss the ordinary, everyday stuff of civilian life. For example, I missed my family and my mom's cooking the most! Whenever I get the chance, I tell folks to write letters to soldiers or send them care packages.
To thank members of the military in 2015, Kroger hosted summer barbecues for thousands of troops and their families in 10 cities and towns across the United States, with three additional celebrations on U.S. military bases in Germany and Kuwait.