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.


A Word From Our Troops

Wednesday, October 26th is the National Day of the Deployed.  This day is to honor all those that have been and are currently deployed including their families and loved ones. Here at AAUSS we do everything we can to help make their deployment a little easier on them.  Below are some comments from our troops that we have been honored to support throughout their deployment. 

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The supporters are great, I received a box .... and she sent me even more than I could ask for. She’s a great lady and very nice. I received an email from my other supporter saying they are putting a box together to send over here. I really appreciate everything that you all do for the troops around the world, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I will also be sure to share the flyer so others can receive the support I’ve gotten so far. Thank you again.

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Your organization is great and I have received several letters and care packages. Unfortunately 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 it is terrible that I am not available often. I really appreciate the letters and care packages and I 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.

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Sorry I’m so late in responding. I have been a bit busy the past week. I’m happy to say that all of my supporters are very friendly and I’m really happy that I’m getting to know them. Thank you very much for providing us soldiers with a support system like this! People like you make Deployments much easier on us.

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I have had a wonderful experience with all of the sponsors, they are very kind and are great people. I honestly have nothing negative to say about them at all! Very caring and kind! I was really nervous to do this…something about asking people they never met before to send stuff here made me nervous but the squashed that nervousness and I feel like I’m talking to a family member!

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I think the program is amazing and everyone is so kind and help me get through the day! It’s so amazing that people are willing to help soldiers out.

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The supporters are amazing and i appreciate everything they do. Thank you so much for an amazing organization

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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.

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Great program all the supporters with this program are very nice and giving. I really appreciate the letters it’s really a morale booster.

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My experience with AAUSS and the supporters assigned to me has been amazing! I’ve gotten emails from 4 or 5 different amazing people with so much love & care. Several of them have offered to send me care packages and they keep me updated on recent events and such. I’ve told many of my shipmates about this program and already a few have signed up.

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Everything has been well with the supporters. They have been really nice and I’ve talked to more than one. They’re super nice and encouraging. I’m really enjoying having someone to talk to and learn about them.

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Greetings, so far everything has been great! I have been keeping busy trying to write everyone emails and letters thanking them for the support they have given us, and of course I have to do a little work every now and again… we help plenty others with our care packages!

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The supporters you assigned me are great, we have so many great talks. It really brightens my day when I see that I have an e-mail waiting for me from one of them. Thanks for the support.

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Few Words From Our Troops

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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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***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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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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Feedback from our Frontlines units

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:

http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/frontline

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!!!!!”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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