Writing to Soldiers..Need Suggestions...

United States
April 15, 2007 6:35am CST
I have signed up to write and send cards to the soldiers fighting in the Iraq war. I feel it is very important to let them know that they are thought of and prayed for. I am wondering though what I should write to them. This is what I have written so far: Left Side of Card Inside: I don't expect or need you to write me back. I know you are very busy. If you want to write me back here is my address: My address I am a 27 year old Nursing student. I am married without children. I love music and reading. Inside Right Side below greeting:I know you don't know me but I want you to know that I am praying for your safe return. I want to thank you for the incredable job you are doing for our country. If you ever need to write to someone about anything, I am here. God Bless You! My Name I would like to know what you all think of this and what you think I could do better. Any suggestions would be great and I always rate every response! Thank you in advance for your help! Also I got the idea from a friend's discussion and here is the link if you want to send cards too it doesn't hurt to post it again, they can use the support! http://www.soldiersangels.org/
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19 responses
• Singapore
15 Apr 07
Wow, Princeworthy!! I think you are incredible!! You really have such a heart of gold to care about these people who have no direct relationships with you. You are AWESOME!!!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Thank you hon! I am not looking for praise. I think that they do have a realtionship with me, they are fighting for my freedom. I want to let them know that I care and appreciate that.
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@palina77 (1178)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Soldier - American woman soldier in Iraqi jail performing duly perfectly.
You can find list of huge American soldiers in Iraq http://www.military.com or you can send a letter to a woman solder who is working in jail of iraq (see picture). A solder is innocent as he/she has to obey order of his/her commander as he/she choosed profession to become a soldier for war.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Thank you for the additional links. I already have soldiers names and addresses to write to, in fact I have already sent three cards. I am looking for ideas on what to write to them about.
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@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
that is not a soldier in my book take a good look if you were a prisoner would you want to be treated like a dog. she has a human on the end of her leash. treat them as you expect to be treated for humanities sake. and thank God that person was caught and punished for it.
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@edigital (2711)
• United States
16 Apr 07
You may write to them that "you are doing great in your life as a soldier for the humanity, for the love of people and for your country. Do not do any illegal things which some soldier done and got punished. I have hole hearted falicitation to you, your family and parents who are missing you and are awaiting your safe return" I am not too wise though tried to give you some idea which may improve more and can write. If you like to marry anyone then you can write according to your desire ...lol
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@moira20 (226)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
hi, that was a great heart you've got there. =) i'm also 27, and a nurse and i'd also wanted to help out. Maybe you could also try to tell them about places you've been, you know, just so to act as a catalyst of some sort from the outside world..maybe a funny story or a lesson learned. maybe anything that would be quite as entertaining as would embrace their loneliness..however, just by sending them a card would definitely mean a lot, really. =) God Bless!
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@moira20 (226)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
Thanks for the BR, Princeworthy =)
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@Joslyn77 (374)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I think that is so cool to write to the soldiers. I have a neighbor that does that too and she loves it. She tells them everything that is going on in her life. I know she sends him care packages and emails him pictures. She travels alot for work and is always taking pictures for him and mailing. I hope that helps. I am glad you posted the website because now I am going to sign up and do it myself.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I am glad that you have decided to help out too! I know that the soldiers will appreciate it!
5 May 07
That's great hun, and I'm sure it will be much appreciated. It is all too easy to forget that there are people a long way from home and under difficult conditions, they will appreciate your toughts.
@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
5 May 07
Thanks for the link. I will check it out further. I think what you wrote is great. It gives the chance for them to keep in touch with out making them feel quilty if they do not. God Bless You!
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@skydancer (1716)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You know what the poet Tennyson said: "There is no glory like those who save their country." It is refreshing to see someone such as yourself who supports our troops and appreciates all they are doing for us... after all, freedom is not something passed on through the bloodstream, but needs to be fought for when the causes are just. I really can't think of anything better to say to them than simply telling them how you appreciate their service to the people here in America, and how they make us proud... that type of thing... maybe a personal tidbit or two as to how you got interested in doing this just to give it a personal touch. I can't think of anything you've left out though. I think what you have is great the way it is. If you make it too terribly long and complicated, they're less likely to take the time to read it, so a short but thoughtful message would probably be most effective. Good luck, and I am sure they will appreciate your keeping them in your thoughts and prayers no matter how big or small.
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@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
30 Apr 07
That's very sweet of you! My husband is in Iraq right now and has a little over 13 months left. I know he is really touched to know that people back home are thinking of him and praying for him, so I'm sure that whoever gets your letters or cards will be really happy. :) I think that what you have written is great, and probably anything that you feel like saying would be fine. Just anything that shows you care and are supporting them will make them feel good, especially if it's someone who doesn't receive much mail normally. As an army wife, it really touches me to see others like yourself supporting our military personnel, because I really don't think they get the recognition they deserve, so even though I'm not a soldier, thanks for what you're doing! :) :)
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I have written to several Soldiers and they like the news of home. I sent them photos of the weather at home or of people doing things. I sent pictures of the Christmas decorations. Anything to take their mind off things for a few moments.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
I think if I were out there in Iraq - I'd like to hear more about real life - life in general. I watched this great film once called about Schmidt and the main character writes to a girl in africa as part of a relief campaign. nI think they need to cling onto memories of what life is like back at home - just everyday life - what happened during your ordinary every day.
@mssnow (9496)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I think that is great just what you have said. Maybe you could include something simple like a dried flower or a picture of something they might like to see and remember. I think its wonderful that you have chosen to do this. My son is in the army in south Korea I know he would love to get more mail. Thanks for helping out.
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@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
16 Apr 07
My country (nope, not American) has a conscript law and all males have to serve the country. I never had to shoot anyone (Thank goodness) but was deployed after 911 for active missions. I still remember those long cold nights when I wished I was with my loved ones instead of being stuck in the middle of nowhere. The mind plays tricks on you when you're tired, dirty and poorly fed. Tell them that you are thinking of them, to be brave and that they are in your thoughts everyday. People they love are counting on them and what their are doing means more to everyone back home then they can allow themselves to believe now. I wished someone had told me that, now perhaps you can :)
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I have adopted my our soldier too. :) Glad to see that you were able to also. As for what to say, it sounds like you did a great job of it already!!! If you go back to the Soldiers Angels website, they have a forum that you can join and it should help with ideas. It is nice sometimes to just give them nice and funny things to read too. We all seem to enjoy the things we get in email...why not start it out sometimes saying, I got this in an email the other day and thought it was funny...so I thought I would share. But also ask that if he or she writes back, to please include their likes and dislikes...so if there is anything that you could send to him or her...you will know the preference.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
what a wonderful idea, ask them about their interests, they are people too, perhaps you have something in common? Ask them what their favourite tv shows are, perhaps you can give them a weekly account of what is happening on them. If they like sports get the reviews of the games and let them know what time won, what is the low down on each player etc. Tell them what is happening in the usa, talk to them about you and your likes and dislikes, they need to think that they have a friend, Talk to them they were your friend.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
15 Apr 07
I think your doing a very good thing and I am sure they are going to enjoy reading this. Something you may want to add is if you have pets, mention what pets you have. Maybe you could tell them what music you like and what you like reading. Maybe ask them what they like to, that way if they do get time to respond they know what to put in their letter.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I think that sounds really great! I would just leave it at that. And if then if you do get a letter you'll be able to have more of an idea of what to say next time. I think you did great. And I applaud you for doing that!
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@mummymo (23709)
15 Apr 07
What a fantastic thing to do sweety - I am sure this will mean a lot to these brave soldiers who are risking their lives everyday! I wouldn't dream of telling you what to write - just say whatever comes from your heart! xx
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@cheribam (448)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I want to volunteer to that kind of activity, but I think it is exclusively for those people who lives in the united states, and I am from the Philippines.
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• United States
9 May 07
I commend you sugar. I think you are wonderful, and that is all you can write. You said all that I would suggest. God bless you.