How to Write Thank You Letters to Veterans

by Leslie Renico
He's definitely someone's son -- and possibly someone's father as well. Write to him to show you appreciate his sacrifices.

He's definitely someone's son -- and possibly someone's father as well. Write to him to show you appreciate his sacrifices.

From the days of the Revolutionary War through the two World Wars of the 20th century and the regional conflicts of the 21st, our veterans have stood on the front lines to preserve all of the freedoms that the United States of America enjoys. As a result, every veteran deserves our gratitude. Whether you want to write to a veteran who fought in Korea or to a soldier on the ground in one of today's conflicts, there are organizations ready to help you get your letter where it is most needed.

Veterans of Earlier Wars

Pick a conflict from contemporary American history in which you are interested from World War II to the present day.

Imagine what a veteran of that war would have had to go through during combat. Write a short letter (a paragraph is enough) expressing your gratitude to that veteran for serving the United States.

Insert the letter into an envelope, and send it to one of the many agencies that connect people with veterans. Links to one of them (Operation Gratitude) is in the References section below.

Mail batches of letters in one large envelope to save postage. These organizations will screen your letters and re-send them for you.

Soldiers in Ongoing Conflicts

Write a paragraph thanking the soldier for fighting to protect your country. Include a little information about yourself -- age and hometown are all right, but last names and photos are not.

Focus on distracting the soldier from the horrors of war, just for the few minutes that your letter is open. The purpose of this is to brighten a soldier's day.

Add your email address to the letter if you would like the soldier to reply. If you are a student, make sure to get your parent's permission before including that information.

Items you will need

  • Paper and an envelope
  • Pen or pencil
  • Stamp

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.

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