Proud to Work for Kroger
Ron H. • Terre Huate, IN • Pork Chop Champ
Who helped you cope with relocations and/or deployments?
Family, Kroger and the USO. While I was away Kroger stayed in contact with me, inquiring if there was anything that I needed. I was fine because I had a great support system, but a lot of my other soldiers didn’t have that. Kroger sent care packages to my unit so all my fellow soldiers could get things they were not getting from back home. It made me feel really proud to work for Kroger. I also directed resources from the USO to soldiers who really needed support.
What did you miss most from home?
Family time…my kids were into sports and traveling teams, and I missed watching them perform. They would send me DVDs of the holidays and games, and I sent DVDs back home of the things I was doing. My daughters were young so it was important that they could still see Daddy’s face and hear Daddy’s voice and that I could see them changing. Because the hardest thing about being deployed is the day we leave…time stands still for us and we remember everything as the day that we deployed. But while we’re gone, life goes on without us…and you want to try to stay a part of it.
What did you learn about yourself through your military experience?
I don’t ever put myself first…you always look out for everyone else – that’s being a leader in the military. I was also taught the importance of teamwork, going above and beyond, respect, dedication, loyalty and discipline.
We often hear after friends and family, a taste of home is what our servicemembers miss the most. What home-cooked meal did you crave when you were away?
Fried pork chops and taytas, with gravy made out of the pork chop grease. They were the things that my mother cooked while growing up, that my wife picked up from her (without her knowledge J) because she knew it was my favorite meal. But while the food was great, it was more about the family time around the table.