The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Solutions paid special tribute to U.S. Army Major Terry Mercier and his family during Monday's Packers-Lions game for 'Operation Fan Mail.'
Mercier, a native of Powers, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, has been serving in the U.S. Army for 19 years. He has been deployed several times in combat operations, including two tours in Iraq, as well as a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
A graduate of the Army-Baylor Program, he holds two graduate degrees from Baylor University, and he currently serves at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu as the Chief of Access Management. He also works closely with the Veterans Affairs Hospital to ensure veterans receive the medical care they need, and he spends time working with the Oahu Warrior Transition Battalion for Wounded Warriors.
A devoted Packers fan, Mercier coordinated internet capabilities while deployed to Iraq so he and his fellow soldiers could watch NFL games. Mercier attended Monday's game with his wife, Nycole, and his daughters, Alyssa, Aryanna and Gianna. The oldest, Alyssa, is in the initial stages of following in her father's footsteps and becoming an Air Force Medical Corps Officer. His parents, brothers and uncle were also in attendance at Monday's game.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to honor families with a member who is on active duty, or a member who is a veteran. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling. The Packers and WPS Health Solutions will host a family at each 2019 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. A total of 123 individuals, families or groups have been recognized through the program thus far.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Solutions are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan should be saluted next season. Essays can be sent to Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628 or online at packers.com/lambeau-field/operation-fan-mail.
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 WPS Health Solutions.