Welcome to Adopt A US Soldier

Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Staffed fully by volunteers, AAUSS has helped thousands of soldiers find friendship, support, and a much loved and needed touch of home.

Adopt A US Soldier is active in over 170+ countries/ territories/ independent states with over 1,000,000 active volunteers supporting our troops by adopting a soldier. It is very easy to do and more rewarding than you can imagine, and you will show a soldier that you support them and cherish your freedom. We ask that you send your soldier a weekly letter or postcard for long term adoption because a letter is like a hug from home!!

                                                          Your support makes a difference!

   

 


Few Words From Our Troops

****A Few Words From Our Troops***

We have gotten some great feedback this month - thank you to all of our supporters for the awesome job you are doing supporting these guys and ladies!!!!
“I just received another package from my supporters today! We had a few missed emails due to my strict GOV work-related account, but I have corrected that by adding the supporters as contacts. Aside from that, it is great being able to communicate with people from all over the World. Them giving us a glimpse of their lives and the freedoms we are protecting is really an eye-opener to several of my co-workers! It is a tremendous honor to serve our great Nation! For everything you ALL do in support of us, THANK YOU!”
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“I have received nothing but outstanding support from all of your volunteers that has been assigned to me. They have either emailed me or have sent me actual personal letters, which are great. I responded to all of their emails, and letters, except for one, in which I will be sending a response next week. I have been busy the
last couple of weeks due to our missions, but your supporters are great, in which I definitely extend my gratitude.”
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“Everything has been great so far. Sometimes I don’t have the internet access that I’d like, so it makes getting back in touch with you all difficult. I do appreciate what you all have done for me and it’s nice to know that we are appreciated. We don’t always get the appreciation that we need, even from our loved ones at home.”
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“Our experience has been wonderful! Such helpful and caring volunteers.”
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“You matched me up with some incredible people….The packages everyone sends light up my face and the guys in my unit love when I get packages from them because they know some goodies are in them. I’ve told everyone, actually our supervisor turned us all on to the idea, and some of the guys are part of this great AAUSS journey as well.
Thank you all so much for setting aside time to make sure we’re reminded of the joys of home. With technology how it is it’s still fairly easy to communicate to loved ones, but having complete strangers love and support you is just the icing on the cake. You, and your team, are forever in our debt. We love you all.”
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“I’m doing great and am getting everything I need thanks to you and your volunteers, you guys are the best and have made this deployment so much better, and easier to deal with.”
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“I must say that the support has been incredible. It is such a surreal feeling receiving a package from someone back home and reading their letters and pictures they send, all the love and support. It really makes the guys here just feel different. We are trying to get a photo together so we can send it but it has been rather difficult since our mission times vary but I promise we’ll get you one! The supporters have been nothing but awesome. They have written and have shared their pictures. They truly are wonderful persons. I must thank you for everything you have done for us. I know my guys are really appreciative of everything they have done. You can see it on their faces when they get a letter or a package.”

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Need Ideas for Sending Packages?

Often times, we hear from our supporters about needing ideas to send a package, letters and such. We have two fabulous resources to help you!

1) Our Official Facebook Page
Mailbox Monday: We will post letter writing and package ideas. Here are just some pictures of ideas!

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Think Tank Thursdays This is where we will post some suggestions. But don’t forget to read the comments as it includes many great suggestions from our supporters also.

2) Our other resource is forums! Just click on the tab above and use your login information you created when you registered. We have many pinned topics to help. If you don’t see what you are looking for, post a topic and between our wonderful forums volunteers and community, someone will be quick to answer.

Check one or both out today!

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Thinking of our Gold Star Mothers Today.

A Gold Star mother is a mother who has lost their soon or daughter in the service of our country. We honor them today and as we do everyday.

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(image from military.com)

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***A WORD FROM OUR TROOPS***


When we check in with our soldiers, we often hear from them how much receiving handwritten letters in the mail from our supporters mean to them:

“The experience has been awesome. We have folks sending in hand written letters each week keeping us connected back home. My team gets more excited about these letters than the emails we receive from our other adopted sponsors. Overall experience has been wonderful. Wish I would have known about this on my first deployment. Thank you,”

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“I just wanted to send you a short response about your program. It has been really great and the personalized support from each person is awesome. I’ve been blessed with some great supporters. I’ve received a few packages and I really enjoy the letters/emails. It’s nice to have someone to actively write with while we’re out here. Hand writing letters is almost like a lost art especially with social media. That’s why I really like this program and thank you very much for hosting it.”

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“Everything is going great!! My sponsors are really chill and very supportive! It’s hard being so busy but just the simple emails and letters really do make a huge difference!! I’m on the downhill of the deployment I’ll be home before I know it!!

Have a great day!”

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THEY APPRECIATE THE LETTERS, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WRITE BACK:

“I really thank you all for the support, I just haven’t had time to hand write anyone back. I’ve received so many letters to be honest I’m not really sure where to start anymore!! I’m currently working 16+hour days, 7 days a week. I’ll try to get letters in the mail soon. It’s just been super hectic”

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“My supporters are doing a great job. We went to the field for a few weeks and when I came back I had a few letters and packages. I’m about to write them some letters back now that we’re back near civilization. Nothing but great things from all of them!”

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AAUSS Ambassador Event

If anyone is going to be in the Auburn, WA area on Saturday, August 13th, hop on down to the Auburn AugustFest.  Dani, one of our Ambassadors, will have a booth set up.  This is a great opportunity to come down and meet one of the faces of Adopt A US Soldier and find out more information about our program.  The event will be located at Les Grove Park 1005 12th St SE in Auburn, WA.  Event times are 11am - 8pm.  Stop by and say hi to Dani!  Find out more information about Auburn AugustFest at http://www.auburnwa.gov/augustfest

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Note from a silent soldier

We received this note from a silent Soldier who was recently deployed and has returned home:


“My name is (——) and I am currently registered in the adopt a us Soldier program. I have safely returned home and would like to be removed from the program (so that my supporters may comfort someone else who is far from home). It has been my regrets that I haven’t been able to talk to my supporters. It has been a very taxing deployment and I couldn’t bring myself to talk to anyone. If at all possible, please inform the people who have been assigned to me that I’m terribly sorry and that I hope the next person they get is much better than I was (It would mean a lot to me). Thank you.”


THANK YOU to all of our supporters who continue to send smiles and appreciation to our soldiers, especially when they are silent. We often say that those are the ones who need it the most. The long hours, high operational tempo, and the difficult aspects of serving in a war zone all wear on our soldiers emotionally, at a time when they are so far from friends and family. The cards, letters and occasional care packages you send let them know you appreciate all they are going through and that there are people back home who support them and care.

It is tough to support a silent Soldier, and you may wonder if they are getting your letters, or even if they matter – THEY DO!

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