Operation Fan Mail, the program that recognizes military families at each Packers home game, will mark its ninth season in 2015, and the seventh year it has been presented by WPS Health Solutions or its affiliates.
The program, which debuted in 2007, is designed to honor families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and Arise Health Plan will host a family at each 2015 home game and recognize the members on the field during pregame activities. A total of 74 families have been saluted during the past seven seasons.
"We are honored to recognize military families through Operation Fan Mail for a ninth year," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "These brave men and women and their families make tremendous sacrifices for all of us, and we're proud to salute them along with our fans at Lambeau Field."
"Through the Operation Fan Mail program, we witness the remarkable and touching stories of outstanding military personnel and their families who make great sacrifices on behalf of our nation's freedom," said Ellen Foley, senior vice president of corporate communications at WPS Health Solutions, the parent company of Arise Health Plan. "For the seventh consecutive year, we are proud to partner with the Green Bay Packers to recognize the military families who will be honored at Lambeau Field during the 2015 season."
The Packers and Arise Health Plan are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular family should be saluted. Essays can be sent to Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628 or can be submitted online at http://nfl.packers.com/gameday/gamedaypromotions/operationfan_mail/.
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling. Purple Heart recipients are also eligible for recognition, even if they cannot return to active service status.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a $150 Packers Pro Shop gift card courtesy of Arise Health Plan.