To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I write in my letter to a solider?
Write as if you are writing to a long lost friend that you have not seen in a while. Tell them all about what is important to you. Feel free to ask questions you are curious about, more times than naught you will get a response back.
Where do you get the addresses for the soldiers?
Some come from friends and family. I also welcome addresses from the neighbors brother's sister's girlfriend's best friend. If you know someone deployed, contact me. I will put them on our mailing list. The rest I get from Anysoldier.com This is a site started by a solider who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep his soldiers moral up. Currently soldiers register on the site for correspondence and care package items, normally telling a little about themselves, and their units. The soldiers registered at this site share everything. Higher ranking Officers and Enlisted men register on behalf of their soldiers making sure the letters, and care packages go to the soldiers who do not get mail, or live at the furthest ends of the Area of Operation.
How do you pick which soldiers to send correspondence to?
My ideal goal would be to send correspondence to every deployed soldier. Realistically I try to send correspondence to the troops in the farthest FOB, COB, and FB's. (Forward Operating Base, Combat Operating Base, Fire Base) because they are the most isolated. I also look for soldiers who specifically say they would like letters and pen pals.
Why do you collect artwork to send as well as letters, and poems?
Because a pictures says a thousand words, right? I also don't want to leave the younger kids out. I have preschoolers that love to draw pictures about what's important to them to send to the troops. The troops enjoy these, just as much as letters. Kids in general are entertaining, and just because the troops aren't around kids, doesn't mean they should miss the entertainment.