Soldiers Letters to Home and Volunteers Letters Back
Adopt A US Soldier receives hundreds of letters of praise and thanks from both our deployed troops and our supportive volunteer citizens. These testimonials help to show how much good a kind word, a supporting letter, or a special project to honor our troops can actually do.
Here you’ll find actual letters written to Adopt A US Soldier and its volunteers describing exactly how much difference just a supportive letter, or a care package from home can make in the life of a soldier. You will also read touching stories by the volunteers of Adopt A US Soldier detailing how positive the experience of adopting their own soldier has been.
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,”
“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.”
“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!”
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”
“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!”
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!
One of the best things about our Project Frontlines program is that when you are sending a package to a Frontlines contact, many times the support reaches a Soldier who is not registered with us, and may not be aware of how wonderful and supportive you all are!
Project Frontlines is a one-time support opportunity, and does not involve any long term commitment. We do have a lot of units waiting. If you want to provide one-time support, you can sign up here:
Here are some recent comments from some of our Project Frontlines contacts/groups, so you can see the impact you are having:
“First I would like to say to all back home thank you! We appreciate the donations and support from all who has taken their genuine time in supporting us overseas. My group of soldiers and myself are thankful for all that has been sent our way as yall are a blessing to us and I speak for all who are deployed! Everything we receive we share with all of us here and make sure these items do not go to waste. Again we are thankful for all your support and may God Bless you all and America!!!!!”
“I have definitely received much support from all the members of AAUSS assigned to me and my group here at (removed for OPSEC). Thanks so much for putting on this great program. So far I have received 12 packages from the various people assigned to me. With all the items received we have been able to replenish our stock for patient use. We care for patients here on this base as well as wounded soldiers passing through on their way home. I know they appreciate the support as well. We make sure to tell them that they are donations given to us from people back home in the U.S. Great program, I have no complaints.”
“Thank you for reaching out. I am very pleased to let you know the supporters are very generous in sending the care packages, their thoughts, and prayers. Some of them with personal letters and emails and cards. It is so much more than what I expect for.
You guys are amazing and you make it all the difference here in Afghanistan.
I also share my care packages by putting them just outside of my office. So as Chaplain, it gives me a great opportunity to minister Soldiers and civilians alike who stop by. I really thank you for giving me that opportunity.”
“Your organization is great and I have recieved several letters and care packages. Unfotunately i do not have envelopes to send replies and give your people my sincerest thank you. Our internet connectivity is very bad out here also so it is terrible that I am not available often. I really appreciate the letters and care packages and share them with my soldiers. They really appreciate them also. Please get this message to your folks as I do not want them to think that i don’t appreciate their efforts and donations. Please continue to do what you guys do for our soldiers who are deployed in harms way and show them they are not forgotten. Thank you again.”
“I must extend our sincere thank you for everything that you have done for us. You truly lifted our spirits and you were a constant reminder that there are people that care for us and believe in what we continue to do over here.”
Many people will donate to AAUSS through our Paypal account or sending checks to our mailing address. We appreciate your donation and here is just one example of where our funds go. They wanted to say thank you and now the unit has some entertainment during their down time which was needed very much!
Thank you so much for all you do, we all out here love you, sorry it’s a little harder for us infantrymen to find time in our schedule to reply back as often as we like, but you find time to make sure we are taken care of out here. Thank you again we all love you and what you do.
Hello, thanks for writing. I want to thank you all for all your support and for what you do for us, this is an amazing thing you guys are doing. I have soldiers that do not get a single letter in the mail including myself, and it is so nice and uplifting to receive something from someone that cares. Thank you so much again. I have shared the website with my soldiers and they also liking it a lot. I think this is a great program and want to thank you again for all your support.
I have had four people respond and we have been emailing back and forth. I understand that it takes some time for packages to get here. So far I have gotten one and it was amazing. I did not ask for much but she sent way more than what was asked for. Lots of necessities that I needed a lot more than I thought.I have told many other soldiers about the program and even gotten a couple of people to sign up as well.I appreciate everything so far, thank you so much for your continuous support.
It’s been awesome!! I have received one care package and several letters!!! I have never had anything like this before!!! I wanted to thank you so much, this website has introduced me to several supporters and it helps keeping me sane!!!
Everything is going great I love the individual I got assisned. I always look forward hearing from them it kinda makes this deployment better knowing I got something to look forward to. I love this organization!!