How to Write Letters to Soldiers

by Linda Donahue

Soldiers can always use support. A simple letter telling them they are appreciated, can mean so much when they are stationed far away from home, friends and family, and put in dangerous places and situations. It helps them remember the people and the freedoms for which they fight. Be as supportive and positive as you can when writing to soldiers.

Address the letter to "Dear Soldier," if you are writing to an unknown serviceman, and allow the distribution center to locate a soldier who hasn't received mail.

Write a positive letter, showing your support for the soldiers who are putting their lives at risk. Perhaps tell the soldier something about yourself, but nothing too personal. Focus the letter on your appreciation for what the soldier is doing and on general topics that would likely be of interest. Perhaps write about sports or current events. Write in a conversational tone. as if you were writing to an old friend.

Include your email address in the letter if you would like to hear back from the soldier. Many soldiers will respond in that manner. Include your address in the letter as envelopes tend to be tossed in the trash.

Send the letter via one of many organizations dedicated to distributing letters to soldiers. For example: A Million Thanks 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355 Villa Park, CA 92861

Tip

  • Many organizations, such as letterstosoldiers.org, are also set up on line for you to enter your letter directly into their system so that it will reach the soldier by email. Keep in mind, too, that many of these organizations depend upon donations and that whatever you could give would be appreciated.

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