Soldiers Testimony & Letters


Service Members: Wonder About Our Program?

One of our Board of Directors was once in your boots. He has written a letter we wanted to share with you.

               
Dear Fellow Soldiers,
                             
As someone who has been in your boots, I’d like to tell you what AAUSS is and what it isn’t. I’ve been where most of you are at…far from loved ones, working tremendously long hours to accomplish Herculean missions, often with little sleep, comforts, or even much thanks. So first, on behalf of every American back home, let me give you my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. You are the ones putting your lives on the line and sacrificing so deeply for those of us back home. Given the recent drawdowns in Afghanistan and other spots around the world, you may think that America has forgotten that right now, at the very moment you’re reading this, soldiers are continuing to sacrifice so much for the sake of freedom. Let me assure you, however, that literally MILLIONS of patriotic Americans are standing behind you and standing ready to help you. You and your comrades out on the front lines are the threads woven into our nation’s flag and a tremendous number of caring people are eager to support you during this challenging time.
               
There are several important points about AAUSS that you need to understand, about what it is and what it isn’t. First of all, what it is not: a dating site. If you are looking for romance please look elsewhere, as there are no shortage of online opportunities out there to find companionship of the romantic type. My experience with AAUSS has been that the vast majority of sponsors are “family” type of people who are commonly married, widowed, or entire families eager to support soldiers just like you. When they selflessly volunteer to become a sponsor they are informed of what is appropriate and non-appropriate interactions between them and the soldier they adopt. Inappropriate communication that is not consistent with AAUSS’s mission of “connecting supportive civilians with deployed troops to communicate encouragement and gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces” is to be reported to the volunteers who selflessly run the organization. You can be removed from the program for inappropriate behavior so please act with the professionalism our country expects of its service members.
               
Another important point to understand is that so many people are EAGER to help! When I was deployed and adopted by several AAUSS sponsors, I often felt that I was imposing on them. That when I asked for care package items that I felt a bit guilty and refrained from asking for things that I truly did need. Trust me: these people are so very willing and WANTING to help you! That is the reason they signed up to adopt a soldier in the first place: they care and they want YOU to know that you are cared about. Currently there are more people who have signed up to adopt soldiers than there are soldiers waiting to be adopted. So please…let these great AMERICANS SUPPORT YOU AS YOU SERVE SO SELFLESSLY FOR THEM!
               
You doubtlessly know of a brother or sister in arms that could use some support. I’d encourage you to tell them about Adopt A US Soldier so that they too can feel supported. I personally decided to “be adopted” during a very dark and difficult time during my deployment…and I can’t tell you the hope and encouragement I felt when I heard my name being called during mail call. Think about those “sharing your foxhole” who could benefit from hearing their name called or to sink their teeth into a cookie made with love from those back home in the country they are fighting to defend.
               
Thank you, my brothers and sisters in arms. You are fighting for all of us back home and there are so many of us here eager to show you that you are supported. Thank you for answering our country’s call.
               
Sincerely,
               
Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Steve Osterholzer

       
     
   

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A Word From Our Troops

We have been hearing some great things from our soldiers in regards to the support they are receiving.  We wanted to share some of these comments with you so that you know your support does make a difference.

” I really do appreciate everything that you and this organization does for soldiers. My team and I have practically survived off of these care packages. Thank you”  (From one of our Project Frontlines Units)

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Hi, thanks for the opportunity to say thank you and thank you for your support. This people are amazing the have send me a lot of stuff I feel like Christmas all ready again thank you very much

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Thank you for this site it is a big moral boost for the guys deployed and it puts a smile on their face getting mail. Thank you again.

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My sponsors have been awesome. I love the emails I receive from them on a weekly basis, they keep me motivated.

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Everything has been going great here because of the people that has been sending packages to me…. When packages come they are awesome and I get to share the things in them for everyone in my office. I truly thank you and I don’t think you know how much every single item in those boxes brings excitement and joy.

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For me it is an honor to serve my country and I love doing it. I do really want to thank you for all that you guys are doing for us deployed soldiers. It means a lot to us having someone that’s thinking of us. The supporters that I was assigned are wonderful, not only the care packages but I am still in touch with most of them by email and I get really happy and excited when I get one of the emails. Keep up the good work on everything that you guys are doing!! Thanks.

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My experience thus far has been fantastic! The people are very supportive and make my days brighter. I appreciate you all for setting up a support system. It’s much appreciated by myself and I’m sure all adopted soldiers.

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Thank for checking in on me . They are amazing every last one of them . I love their support and it’s very amazing. I appreciate everything y’all do

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My supporters are great they have been checking on my well-being and have taken the time to know me not just as a soldier but as a person. I appreciate them and their efforts. I know we can all get busy with our lives but knowing that they can take the time out of their day just to see how I’m doing or if there’s anything I may need is very comforting.

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Everything is going great. I have received several care packages and I am truly grateful for all of their support and love. You are my hero. I wish you all many blessing to your families and friends.

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First of all, thank you for volunteering your time with this amazing organization! We all appreciate it so much!! My experience has been amazing! I got 2 sponsors who are just perfect! Everything has been great. Thank you very much!

Thank you for what you do. Take care!

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Thank you so much for assisting with such a great organization. This is my 7th deployment and I decided to give it try after hearing about it. I have received 10 plus care packages as well as letters and other well wishes from so many supporters.  Once again, THANK YOU, this has truly been an amazing experience and I will continue to spread the word.

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Thank you for checking on me. It means a lot. It’s going great with all 3 of them. There all wonderful lovely people that connect with on a personal level. Very supportive and understanding with this difficult part of my life.

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Hi, thank you for messaging me.
So far I’ve received emails from 2 volunteers. Haven’t been communicating as much with one of them as the other but she did manage send me 1 package which I’m very thankful for. The other I’ve been talking with for about a month, it’s very hard to reply back as fast as I want because I’m so busy, but I try my best.

 

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A Word From Our Troops

Everything is going well, thank you so much for checking in. I’m keeping in touch regularly with everyone and they have all become great friends already, some that will be around my entire life I’m sure. The support is great, the friendship is better, it’s made for a great experience.  Thank you and your team for this support system, it’s kept spirits up around my entire unit and has made deployment easier.

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You have sent me some wonderful supporters. Each one has helped me along my way and knowing someone cares at home means a lot. From one supporter I am learning German, another supporter keeps me up to date on the news at home, and my third supporter checks in on me to make sure I am doing well. It really means a lot, and thanks for everything you, Adopt a US Soldier, and volunteers have done/are doing.

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I would just like to say thank you for all your support that you have been providing me! The support that you have given me has truly been a blessing. I didn’t really think that you could grow to love someone that you have never met before, but I had a sudden change of mind as soon I started talking to them. Their words of encouragement are very thoughtful and the fact that they show me love is amazing.

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Everything is fine, been getting great support from the adopters. They have helped lift my spirits with great gifts and conversation! Thank you again for everything.

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Everyone who has been assigned to me has been great. I feel bad because I’m in the middle of studying for my upgraded training and I’m super busy so I have not been able to get back to some of them.

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Everything is going great with my supporters. They do a great job of keeping in contact with me and making sure I have what I need. I appreciate you taking the time to check!

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Thanks for your correspondence. I am very delighted with the supporters that I have encountered. The patriotism of our country is amazing. I love the range of different people that were assigned to me. They have definitely boosted my morale. Thank you again for your amazing work

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They are all amazing people and I appreciate every email as well as package I receive from them. These people remind me of home and remind how much they appreciate what I do and it makes it worth it in my eyes. I love this company and what they do and i wish more people were like those who volunteer as well as those who founded the organization. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

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I have had great support from my sponsors! I have even received two care packages. I had American flags flown in an F-22 Raptor in a combat mission to send back to them as thanks. Thank you for this amazing program!

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It has been a wonderful experience so far and I would like to thank all of the supporters and to the staff as well.

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First let me say thank you all for what you do and thank you so very much for your support. What a great program you have for us service members and just knowing that you have such a great team of volunteers willing to give of their time for us. I sometimes feel that you all are doing more for us than we are for you.

I have had wonderful support from your team of volunteers and currently have 3 supporters writing letters to me. I do want to say that they have been fantastic. I feel kind of bad in that I’m not a big letter writing kind of guy and am doing my best to return letters back to them as time permits. I do very much enjoy reading their letters and will continue to do my best to respond as soon as I can to them.

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A Word From Our Troops

Thank you for taking the time to email me to check in! Me and everyone out here are doing well and I have gotten so many emails nda letters from people who are supporting us its amazing. Thank you for having such a great program for all of us deployed!

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All of them are great. They keep me some what sane lol. I thank you for everything y’all do there.

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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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My sponsors are great. They stay in touch to see how I’m doing. They share great stories with me and I do the same. I have already helped two people sign up for adopt a soldier. They already got sponsors. Thank you for your support.

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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.

I will post your flyers in the common areas of our Soldiers. Thank you again for your assignment of support personnel and for me to be adopted by your supporters.

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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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Apologies if I am just now responding to your email, it’s been crazy busy these past few days. My supporter is great! I have received a wonderful package, I do appreciate y’all so much. You and your team who volunteer to do such great things to troops are just a blessing to all of us. We can’t thank y’all enough for all the things you do for us. We appreciate you greatly!

Again, thank y’all so much for the support. The things y’all do make our deployment bearable, knowing that there are people who support and appreciate us troops.

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I would like to say on behalf of the seabee units, thank you. It is nice to hear from volunteers and see their support. It is my first deployment and did not expect to receive all these items. It is a morale booster to see that people care about us and makes our lives easier when we can get things like soap, toothpaste, snacks, etc in environments where we do not have access to a store. From all of us, thank you.

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In reply to your email, the supporters are doing an outstanding job of supporting me and other service members here in Afghanistan. I personally have been getting emails and care packages in which I have been distributing out to the Soldiers here.
From our Command and especially myself, I thank all of the volunteer supporters for their thoughtfulness and gratitude. Thank you and your organization also for your time and consideration.

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A Word From Our Troops

We have been receiving some wonderful comments from our soldiers about the support they are receiving from all of you.  We wanted to share so that you all know that you are making such a huge difference in their lives.

Sorry for the brevity but my down time is rare and I usually use it to sleep. I want to thank you for providing this service. It is truly remarkable to have strangers back home reach out and give us some cold comforts from home. Connecting people like that to us out here is truly a great cause and I have had nothing but great experiences so far. Thank you for what you do and who you are.

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The supporters that I have are great. They constantly reach out to me and ask if there is anything I need. They said they sent me some packages. Our mail system has been jacked up out here and I have not received the packages yet. I feel bad at times because lately I have not had the capability to reach back out to them. But they are nice people and I appreciate them caring enough to take time out of their days to support myself and my fellow comrades.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to reach out, its greatly appreciated.

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First I would like to say thank you all so much for all of the support. Everything with the sponsors that have emailed or mailed things out to me are great. I can absolutely say that they go above and out of their way to make sure they send exactly what I want and my favorite things. I have a few that have emailed me and they are just very easy to talk to, that person to talk to when you need it.

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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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Thank you for reaching out. I want to start off by saying thank you for all the support the guys and myself are getting. I get my letter every week and a few packages already. There isn’t a whole lot that I do need here. I’m a little used to it…it’s my 5th deployment. I just wanted to get all my guys signed up and show them how easy it really is and that there are people out there that care what we do. Keep up the great work….you guys have done so much for the uniformed services for years now and we thank you.

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All those who have contacted me are awesome. I feel like I’ve made a few friends and I look forward to hearing from them. It’s less lonely. I want to thank you all for volunteering and making the lives of those of us out here less stressful.

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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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