From the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Way to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
-There are approximately 2.1 million active and reserve men and women in the US military.
-The most requested item by military men and women is a letter.
1. Select a soldier you know or one who is related to someone you know.
2. If you don’t know a soldier, ask a friend, fellow student, co-worker, or pastor to help you make a connection. Make sure they provide proper mailing instructions.
3. Grab some paper, an envelope, and a pen.
4. Write a letter from your heart that expresses your gratitude, shows your support, and provides enouragement. Share something about yourself and ask questions. Avoid topics of death, politics, and killing.
5. Include your email or mailing address in case the recipient wants to write back.
6. Send the letter.
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 a soldier smile that day.
I personally do not know anyone serving in the war. I have several family members that are in the military, but not based overseas. I plan to ask a friend whose brother is currently serving in Iraq if he would appreciate a letter. I also know someone whose husband is serving there as well, and will check with her. I do not know either one of these men, but just being able to share a prayer, a Bible verse, or a smile could help them get through their day.
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