Be positive and encouraging.
Remember, troops have the stress of being far from home and who knows what else may be going on. This is not the time to vent. The polite company rule — avoid religion and politics, is always a good first letter idea.
Another is to simply b e conversational and genuine. If your spouse, child, or other loved one were deployed, how would you want someone to talk to them? And, of course, safety first. It stands for Operational Security and Personal Security. If troops use their first name, so do I. All troops are not Soldiers.
I also include the name of the charity I got their information from. In some cases, they may not be expecting my letter. That happens when others submit a troop who they feel needs a morale boost. Here I write about home.
After all, home and all the wonderful things in it, is what they miss most. A Vietnam Vet told me that when he received letters that they would transport him, even if for a short time, away from the horrible place he was. I also try to include a question or two to give them something to respond to if they reply.
Of course, not everyone has
What not to write to a soldier time or ability regular internet connection or outgoing mail to write back. Thank you for all you do. Because I know they are sacrificing too. Then I include my email address to make replying easier. Our deployed troops really do appreciate any little thing. Including a stranger taking the time to remember those who fight to defend their freedoms.
Two of his Marines did a very good job and he told Sofia to imagine them in a combat zone with smiley face stickers on their uniforms. It really does make it easier to deside to DO something. Hi Beth, You can sign up with a group that writes to troops.
Some of my readers have recommended Any Soldier. You can find links for both as well as other organizations in the Ways To Make A Difference page at the top or click here: Rob, your kind words bring tears to mine. At this point I have a pretty good idea of what it means to serve.
So to have you say that I serve as well in my own way means a great deal to me. One of the things I always struggle with is accepting a heartfelt thanks for what I did when I was in the military. I say this to you because I hope that you know that you have earned the right to be proud of your service. You are actually doing something to support the troops. You are actually serving, you are engaged, involved, motivated and constantly searching for that service member that needs a kind word, a card or even a smiley face sticker.
I also have two children in the armed forces. Here is the link: Almost everyone there is a volunteer. I also wondered if soldiers appreciate letters from the opposite sex more than the same sex. Depends on the person I suppose. And is it ever appropriate "What not to write to a soldier" flirt a bit in some situations?
Darin, I would recommend NOT flirting. What one person may perceive as flirting, another may feel crosses the line. Why even risk something coming across as disrespectful? As for gender, our Military is overwhelmingly male. But I think as long as a letter is sincere, someone in a combat zone male or female would not care who wrote it.
That involves one letter a week and one care package a month. I would write letters to different troops for one-time support and some of them turned into pen pals.
If the troops receiving it have also checked the pen pal option, there you go. I know this is old but new people may be reading. You are doing it to support THEM. They are doing their job and that is their priority. If you are not okay with sending weekly letters and occasional care packages with no response then find a one time commitment instead of adoption.
So in spirt:.
No one is required to do anything in order to get support. They already do enough just doing their job. Operation Gratitude is great place to do a one-time letter if anyone reading is interested in that. Glad you like the post! Talk to you later. Before we married he showed me the letters that had been sent to him from volunteers throughout the USA and told me about care packages he received.
He said that they brought light to his days and they helped him so much during what was an incredibly hard time in his life! Things like this really DO make a What not to write to a soldier in servicemembers lives. Joanne, Thank you for your kind words. Especially at such a difficult time!
When my first soldier returned from Afghanistan, his wife told me that he brought home a box of letters and postcards that I had sent him. He saved What not to write to a soldier one. I was surprised and touched that he held onto them. Gina, another great post. Practical advice like this is so valuable. Thank you for the suggestions! I may try it with a little encouragement from you here! Thank you so much for doing this for our troops and their families.
I bet they love them!
And I am thrilled that you may give it try. I think it would be fun after making so many, to use one to say hello: I make cards for Operation Write Home, but that is making cards for them to send home to friends and "What not to write to a soldier," not for us to encourage them. Any help would be great! Hi Marsha, Thank you for making cards for our troops! There are many ways to write to our troops through various charities.
You can join a team that writes letters to a specific group deployed, wounded etc or, go to their Forum and see what requests there are. I often go to the Forum and read TLC tender loving care This is for troops on the waiting list to be adopted or if someone needs a a morale boost. Click on the requests.