By J.G. Noll

Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and host of daytime talk show Ellen, is known for her big heart . . . and her surprises. The military community knows about her generosity. A number of families have received the Ellen treatment throughout the show’s history.

This interview from 2014 shows Cari Curtis, a military spouse in the middle of a deployment, receiving an impromptu shopping spree:

During another episode, a military family with a brand-new baby was reunited:

This year, Ellen is back at it. She recently put out an all-call for military families. A post on states:

Ellen knows that so many of her viewers have loved ones deployed overseas and are waiting for a soldier to return home. She also knows how important these soldiers are to our lives and our country. If there’s a way to help, we want to find one! Tell us below about your family or a family you know. How does the military affect your life, where has it taken you and what’s your greatest wish for your family? Ellen loves giving back to those who give to our nation, so you never know what she will do!

Interested? Fill out the form (which includes a photo upload and a written story) and cross your fingers!

J.G. Noll is the Editor of Military One Click and a veteran’s spouse. She can be reached at