There are over 2.9 million active, reserve, and civilian men and women in the U.S. military.
Hundreds of thousands of American troops are deployed indefinitely in remote parts of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, the Korean Peninsula and on ships throughout international waters.
U.S. service members are deployed for long periods away from home. They love receiving good wishes and words of appreciation and support, even from total strangers.
Letters are the most requested item by U.S. military men and women.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
Select a soldier you know or one who is related to someone you know.
If you don’t know a soldier, ask a friend, fellow student, co-worker, pastor, or military chaplain to help you make a connection. Make sure they provide proper mailing instructions.
Grab some paper, an envelope, and a pen.
Write a letter from your heart that expresses your gratitude, shows your support, and provides encouragement. Share a little bit about yourself as well as ask questions about the person you’re writing. Avoid such topics as death, killing, and politics.
- Send a free postcard to soldier.
- Send an email to soldier.
- Send mail to an anonymous soldier.
- Donate a book to a soldier.
Send the letter.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~Elmer DavisYOU MATTER
Our military protects our nation’s freedom, and, regardless of your political affiliation and whether or not you believe in war, these brave men and women need to know that we appreciate their sacrifices and service. With a simple card or letter, you can brighten the day of a soldier who is overseas ensuring your freedom. Your letter might be the only thing that makes that soldier smile that day. Remember them especially during the Holidays while you are here 'safe' with family and friends.
LINKS:"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." ~Cynthia Ozick
Lets Say Thanks.com
A Million Thanks.org
Books for Soldiers.com
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward
What is the Every Monday Matters program?
Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.
For more information about the EMM movement visit: http://www.everymondaymatters.com/