Operation Fan Mail, the program that recognizes military families and veterans at each Packers home game, will mark its 14th season in 2020, and the 12th year it has been presented by WPS Health Solutions or its affiliates.
The program, which debuted in 2007, has honored families in previous years with tickets to a home game and recognized them on the field during pregame activities. However, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will prevent ordinary pregame events from taking place, this year's program will be run virtually to continue honoring military families and veterans in conjunction with each Packers home game.
The selected families this year will be featured on the Packers' social media platforms and on packers.com following each home game and each family will receive a $250 prize pack from WPS Health Solutions and the Packers.
"While we won't be able to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces and their families in person through Operation Fan Mail this season, we are so proud to join WPS Health Solutions in virtually recognizing veterans and active military members," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We appreciate their sacrifice and dedication. We hope to continue honoring these heroes at Lambeau Field in the future."
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty, or a member who is a veteran. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling. A total of 128 families have been saluted during the past 12 seasons.
"WPS Health Solutions is proud to be the long-term partner with the Packers on a program like Operation Fan Mail," said Scott Kowalski, WPS Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications. "Through our Military and Veterans Health division, WPS provides benefits administration for millions of active-duty military, veterans, and their families. We are also committed to helping veterans' groups in our community. For the 12th straight year, Operation Fan Mail is a chance for WPS to join the Packers in expressing appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. military for their commitment to defending freedom and their sacrifices for our nation. We look forward to another exciting season of Packers football as we support our armed forces."
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 family should be saluted.
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.