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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of energy drinks. While a cup of coffee has little to no effect on me, a can of carbonated energy can make me jittery, cold flash-y, and generally pretty unattractive. Which is why I usually reserve them for my 12-hour road trips, when the only people who see me are the gas station cashiers selling me the energy drinks…who have already seen me walk into the shop with trail mix and melted-protein-bar remnants crusted to my sweatpants, so I’m not fooling them anyway.
That having been said, what I lack in enthusiasm for energy drinks I make up for and then some with my love for anything camo. Especially pixelated camo, because I’m Army biased. So when I found out that Red Bull Energy Drinks had partnered with Military Warriors Support Foundation to release a limited-edition camo can, I strapped on my wings and flew on board.
That’s a lot of camo. I am pleased.
A portion of the proceeds from the camo cans will be going to Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes4WoundedHeroes project. Having personally heard recent horror stories of soldiers returning from deployments to find their homes foreclosed, this project hits me right in the money-maker. Its goal is to provide as many wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterns as they can with mortgage-free homes, along with three years of family and financial counseling.
Homes have already been awarded to more than 270 wounded veterans through the project (including two homes solely from Red Bull contributions in 2012), and if helping another along is as easy as shelling out for an energy drink, I’ll take my chances with some caffeine jitters.
Have you ever asked a room full of military men, “Hey, who here likes Red Bull?” Well, I have now, and the response was similar to asking a room full of second graders, “Hey, who here likes recess and candy bars?”
I should also mention that, aside from during panic-inducing road trips, my real favorite way to enjoy Red Bull is when it’s mixed in a glass with some vodka. I can’t explain why this is so delicious. Health-wise, it is not something I want to promote, and drinking this mixture enough will definitely kill you. Red Bull would probably be disappointed in me (both morally and legally) for diluting its product with a depressant, but I still had a little bit of Party Edition vodka in my cabinet, and I couldn’t resist.
Svedka did not send me free vodka or compensate me for this post, but I’d be really okay with it if they wanted to go ahead and do that.
Okay, back to business.
The camo cans are available through Labor Day (SO HURRY); if you happen to be a fellow Fort Campbell-er, you can find them in the Red Bull fridge at the PX. The promotion extends to the Sugarfree (which comes in a lighter blue camo can) and Total Zero (which comes in a grey camo can) products as well.
Red Bull is hoping to double their contribution to Homes4WoundedHeroes this year, and you’ve got through Labor Day to grow some wings and help them out (that’s the first weekend in September, for those of you who aren’t already tracking this date to calculate number of yearly wears you can get out of your white pants). If you pick up a camo can, Tweet @army_pants and/or Instagram @aileen_in_armypants a pic (selfies of you making out with the can also totally acceptable) to me with the hashtag #CamoCan. Happy flying.