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The Strength Behind The Strong was founded by Christine Hofmann-Bourque, who is proud to have a husband in the Army, three brothers in the Navy and Army, and a sister-in-law in the Army. Christine is also a professional journalist. Read our first post to find out why this website is so close to her heart. More >>

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Bracelet Giveaway: We have a winner!

Drumroll, please! The winner of our “Support Our Troops” bracelet giveaway is Charmaine! We met Charmaine this spring when she volunteered for our Adopt an MP program. The son of one of her best friends is an MP, and this was her way to offer support. Congratulations, and we hope you like your sparkly bauble!

We loved reading all the comments about your favorite patriotic songs. (For the record, Charmaine’s is “Arlington” by Trace Adkins.) According to our (absolutely nonscientific) survey, your top picks are:
  • “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
  • Almost anything by Toby Keith, including “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” 
  • “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Thanks also to JG from the blog “Me and My SoldierMan” for her recommendation of “O America” by Celtic Woman. We had never heard the song before, but it’s officially one of our new favorites. The lyrics are especially touching because they’re sung not by Americans but by a group of Irish women. Enjoy!




Giveaway! Win this “support our troops” Swarovski crystal bracelet

Because this week is our six-month website anniversary — and because we just passed 500 fans on Facebook, and because we’ve had so much fun meeting supporters of our military men and women from around the world — we’re giving away one oh-so-pretty Troop Awareness bracelet ($79) from the jewelry shop Elisa Ilana. The elegant, glittery bracelet features yellow Swarovski crystal — a nod to yellow support ribbons — plus rhodium silver and 14kt gold-filled accents. What’s not to love? Plus sales of the bracelet help a cause we hold near and dear: Elisa Ilana donates 10 percent of its proceeds to support groups for spouses of deployed troops. 

Enter our giveaway to win this Troop Awareness bracelet! Image is copyright © Elisa Ilana (

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post that answers this question:
 “What is your favorite patriotic song?”  

It’s tough to choose just one, isn’t it? On my top 10 list is Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” I don’t care that some people think the song is hokey — I love it!


  1. One entry per person, please. 
  2. Facebook fans of The Strength Behind the Strong will get one bonus entry (for two entries total) if you also write in the comments below that you are a fan of us on Facebook. (Go here to “like” us, if you haven’t already.) After telling us your favorite patriotic song, just add “I’m also a fan on Facebook” to your comment. We will count it as two entries; you do not need to submit two separate comments.
  3. Include a valid email address where requested in the comment form. Your email address will NOT be published.
  4. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.
  5. You must have a U.S. or APO/AE address for shipping purposes. 
  6. One entry will be selected at random and announced on the website on Thursday, August 26, 2010.

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