Day 9 — Write to a member of the armed services

February 9, 2013 in Journal

soldierEarlier this week, I talked about the way I handle writing letters when I’m on the road. It was always wonderful, when I was out of town, to receive an unexpected letter. Today, I want to encourage you to write to people who are far away, often for the first time in their lives, and isolated. As a suggestion by several members, we’ve added the “Soldier On” achievement.

This is to encourage you to write to a member of the armed services. As a friend of mine, who served in Afghanistan said, “Even with the internet, it’s still an isolating time because you can’t talk about how scared you are.” Letters from home are a bright spot without any pressure to be cheerful and pretend.

Maybe someone in your family is serving, or a friend? If you don’t know anyone and are looking for more people to write to, there are several organizations that will forward your letters to service members or pair you with a pen pal.

Now, those are all in the U.S. If our participants know of any for other countries, I’ll gladly include them.

Things to keep in mind when writing — each organization will have very specific guidelines so make sure you read them before starting your letter. There’s a whole host of things you can’t mail, for instance. There’s a good set of articles on eHow about writing to members of the armed services that you might want to check out for ideas.

8 responses to Day 9 — Write to a member of the armed services

  1. Is there a way to add this to letters already sent? Three of the letters I sent last week went to soldiers.

  2. I am so happy to see this here. I am senidng out letters to at least 4 deployed soldiers in todays mail.
    great to see different ways and people who want to support our troops. myself included.

  3. I just sent a bunch too! It’s alright, I’ll write more next week. Here’s an site if you want to write on a regular basis: http://www.adoptaussoldier.org

  4. hey Mary, I ticked this box and the birthday one, but it didn’t unlock the achievements.

  5. Don’t forget National Guard troops!
    My state has a deployment address listed on the State page under the Military Department.

  6. My youngest son is a Marine. He would enjoy receiving letters.

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