Friday, July 22, 2016

Julie writes positive, encouraging letters to soldiers and hopes you will too!!!!

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of      eternal loneliness...should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweetest taste of a moment’s love.
I have cried, pained and hoped, but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say I was proud of what I was… A Soldier.
By George L. Skypeck

The reason why I chose this poem above is because of what I chose my service project to be. I have signed up to be a letter writing team member as well as epal letter writer for Soldiers Angels. What I do is write letters to our fellow soldiers overseas either by send them by mail or if there is and email address you can send an epal message to them . There are a few ways and things to say and don’t say while writing a letter to a soldier. Keep things light share things about yourself like hobbies or interests. Write about your life but keep it positive. Thank them for their service if you have connections in the military, mention that. Be positive stay away from political or polarizing topics. Tell them what's going on at home but stray away from things happening in the news that aren't positive. Let them know you support them. Your letters don't have to be long, just write from the heart. Write like you speak and show your personality and remember to include questions for conversation for when they write you back. Encouraging quotes are always nice. Never share anything negative, personal struggles, your own thoughts about controversial subjects, or ask their opinion about controversial subjects. Share how you got started with Soldiers' Angels and why you volunteer. Me I started because of this project but I will be continuing because I enjoy writing letters to the soldiers. I find it comforting to know that a simple letter from me can bring a soldier a smile and bit of comfort in such a chaotic time. For some of the soldiers don’t get letters from home because either they have no one to write them or as I was told by a soldier that is family didn’t support the war and refused to support the troops. I was heartbroken when I heard that and felt even more compelled to write and support our troops even more so. See even though I am only part of the letter writing team I still donate to our soldiers. Way’s to do so is by helping with care packages and you can even make a cash donation to help with some of the little comforts for our soldiers.So far I have written to 6 differnt soldiers. Three males in the army one female in the army and one male and female in the navy. Owe and when you do your letters you also have to make sure to let the head of the team know that you sent out the letter and how much you spent sending out the letter, the reason is because it goes into your log book and you can use it as a tax deductible when you file your taxes. The one lady I wrote that is in the Navy is actually from here in Florida but not Tallahassee she’s from Orlando, Florida. She loves arts and crafts and musicals.  The other person that I wrote to in the Navy is actually from where I lived before coming back to Florida. He is from Cleveland, Ohio. He talked more in his letters then the others. He is a big fan of basketball and was so mad when he couldn’t be state side when our Cleveland Cavaliers won their first championship in 52 years. He is also big into martial arts. Taekwondo and Muay Thai are the two he studys. He makes youtube videos in his down time and is a minor actor back at home with a few other friends. Owe just to let you know if you do become a letter writing team member if you don’t hear back right away don’t feel bad because they are always busy and don’t always have time to write back so don’t be discouraged your letters are still appreciated and wanted. When you send out your letter it doesn’t always have to be a letter it can also be a card. My step son wants to make a picture for when I send out my next letter I told him he is more than welcome to for the soldiers would be more than glad to have his artwork just I tell him to not to do any drawings on a bunch of guns. The soldiers have seen enough guns they would like to see something cheerful. So he said he’ll draw a picture of our cat Nala hehe. So that about wraps up my service project hope you enjoyed the read and if you ever feel like writing our troops they’ll appreciate it.