From our earliest days, Mister-E-Liquid has proudly supported America's veterans and active duty servicemen and -women. In addition to hiring veterans, and partnering with veteran-owned vape companies like Veteran Liquids, Mister-E-Liquid has long offered a discount to America's veterans and active duty military personnel, and free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. More on what it takes to get those discounts in a moment, but first, let's talk about why Mister-E-Liquid values military service, and why we should support veterans.
We like freedom. That's not "we" as in "Mister-E-Liquid", but rather "we" as in "Americans". Citizens of nearly all nations appreciate liberty, but this is a nation that has long thrived on it, fought for it, died for it. Not always perfectly, not always in the best ways, and not always without exception - we have made errors along the way - but this is the Land of the Free. Whatever freedoms you personally hold dear, those freedoms exist because of our military, and because of the men and women who make up our military service, and their families who sacrifice time and blood and love so that we might continue to have freedom.
The United States Army has been fighting for freedom since before there was a United States of America. It was the Continental Army who fought off our British oppressors and earned the right to self-determination for all free people. At the same time, the revolutionaries formed the Continental Navy, eventually disbanded, but which re-formed in 1794. Before the Navy was re-formed, the only protection for our vessels at sea was the United States Revenue Cutter Service, which combined with the United States Life-Saving Service in 1915 to become the Coast Guard.
Since 1834, the Marines served as a division of the United States Navy, but their history goes back to the Continental Marines founded in 1775. And of course until the last century, there was no need to fight from the skies, but with the advent of flight, the United States Army founded its Aeronautical Division, which after several reconstitutions became its own branch of the military, the United States Air Force, in 1947.
Since 1775, the military power of the United States has resisted outside oppressors and enemies, enacted the will of the political arm of the government, expanded our borders and enforced them. That history is not bloodless, and both political and military agencies have had missteps, some major, others minor. This is not the time nor the place to indict history, only to recognize it: we are here because our military has protected us, has built and grown and defended our nation.
After the revolution, it was our military that fought off the British again in the War of 1812, and then our military who protected our claim of Texas from the Mexican nation - and ended up with California, Nevada, and Utah in the bargain (plus parts of what's now Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming). When our nation was divided during the Civil War, it was the men and women of our armed forces, and their families, who bore the brunt of the death and injury as our nation chose which sort of country we wanted to be, and to whom we wanted to grant which freedoms.
Toward the beginning of the last century, the mission for our military began to shift, from protecting those within our own borders to protecting our allies around the world. When Cuba fought for independence from Spain, it was the might of the United States military that supported them. When our allies in Europe fought against the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the German Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, the United States sent our brave men and women around the world to fight. And when a renewed Germany invaded Poland and allied themselves with fascist states in Italy and Japan, it was the power of the United States military who fought them back.
Modern times have seen the US protecting our allies in Korea and in Vietnam, against neighboring nations and their proxies, then in the Middle East, in Iraq and Kuwait. Our military continues to fight for the freedoms of nations around the world, in Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Kuwait, protecting US interests, as well as the human rights of the people who live there.
Everything we have - our cars, our homes, our freedoms, our families - we owe to the members of our military, and we owe a massive debt to their families, as well, who go without fathers and mothers, go without brothers and sisters, go without children, for months or years or forever, so that we can have the lives we have. Too often we fail them - 11 percent of the homeless population are veterans, and another 1.4 million veterans live at risk of being homeless due to poverty, or mental or physical conditions. Over 300,000 veterans were unemployed in 2017. We need to do more to service our debt to them.
Mister-E-Liquid services this debt however we can: we hire veterans to work for us, we partner with veteran-led vape companies, and yes, we give discounts to active duty military and veterans of all branches. Plus we ship to APO and FPO boxes for free, always! Getting this discount is as easy as could be: just contact us, and our caring customer service staff will take it from there. Whether you're more comfortable calling at 1-855-Mister-E (855-647-8373) or emailing us at CustomerService@Mister-E-Liquid.com, just reach out to us, and we'll set up your user account to always be granted the discount you deserve. Getting free shipping to APO/FPO addresses is even easier: all shipments to those addresses simply go for free, always!
We know we owe you everything. Our success comes as a result of your service. This Veterans Day, and every day, we salute your service, and honor your commitment, and respect the sacrifices of your families. Please accept this discount as our humble thanks for everything you've given us.