Excerpted from Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
September 12, 2009
Our military protects our nation's freedom, and, regardless of your political affiliation and whether or not you believe in war, these brave men and women need to know that we appreciate their sacrifices and service. With a simple card or letter, you can brighten the day of a soldier who is overseas ensuring your freedom. Your letter might be the only thing that makes that soldier smile that day.
Select a soldier you know or one who is related to someone you know.
If you don't know a soldier, ask a friend, fellow student, co-worker, pastor, or military chaplain to help you make a connection. Make sure they provide proper mailing instructions.
Grab some paper, an envelope, and a pen.
Write a letter from your heart that expresses your gratitude, shows your support, and provides encouragement. Share a little bit about yourself and ask questions. Avoid such topics as death, killing, and politics.
Include your e-mail or mailing address in case the recipient wants to write back. You could even include a self-addressed envelope.
Send the letter.
There are over 2.9 million active, reserve, and civilian men and women in the U.S. military.
Hundreds of thousands of American troops are deployed indefinitely in remote parts of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, the Korean Peninsula and on ships throughout international waters.
U.S. service members are deployed for long periods away from home. They love receiving good wishes and words of appreciation and support, even from total strangers.
Letters are the most requested item by U.S. military men and women.