5 Websites From Where You Can Write To Soldiers

Ads by Google

write soldiersNo matter what country you live in or what part of the world you call home, the odds are pretty good that your safety and security is insured by a select group of folks who risk their lives every day. The folks who protect you and your loved ones may be a national police force, international security force or your own nation’s military.

Regardless of country or region, one thing holds true for almost every citizen – we admire and appreciate the sacrifices these brave men and women make to keep our families and our homes safe from our enemies and those who would do us harm.

International security is a touchy subject for a lot of folks. There are skirmishes, border disputes and completely senseless attacks against innocent civilians. It’s during these violent moments that we come to appreciate the people who devote their lives to serving the public welfare. There are times when you may appreciate their hard work and sacrifice so much that you want to write soldiers and send them a token of your gratitude, but you simply don’t know where to write to these soldiers with notes of encouragement or gifts of support.

With this in mind, I’d like to offer some excellent online resources that offer the public contact details or online forms where you can find and write to any soldier that you choose.  Because many of these soldiers are often deployed in areas of the world that are isolated – and they miss their homes and families very much – every note of encouragement they receive becomes a godsend.

Ads by Google

One more note before we get started – this particular list turned out somewhat westernized. This was not intentional. I searched long and hard for International organizations that foster troop support. Unfortunately it’s difficult to uncover those organizations (at least online) for eastern countries. Even many western countries don’t offer many online services for citizens who are interested in contacting soldiers in duty.

That doesn’t mean the services don’t exist or that these countries don’t care as much about their soldiers, it just means that I couldn’t find them. If you know of a specific organization for your country that helps connect appreciative citizens with the soldiers and forces that protect them, please add that group or organization to the comments below. Thanks!

With that said, let’s get started with five great organizations where you can write to soldiers.

Canada – Check Out the CFPSA First

The Canadians know how to keep the influx of public support for their troops well managed. The government assigned The Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPSA) to the task of managing public donations to deployed troops. That means if you’re a Canadian citizen, this is the first place to stop if you want to figure out how you can write to Canadian soldiers. They’ve even created an online message board that you can use to show your support – they’ve named it the Morale by Message Board.

write soldiers

At least for now, the Canadian Post actually offers free delivery of mail to deployed troops, and on the page above you can get all of the guidelines for how you can write a letter to “Any Canadian Forces Member” and have it delivered to any member of the Canadian Forces who haven’t received any mail. I must add that just reviewing some of the daily entries from Canadian citizens in the CFPSA message boards makes one realize that Canadians have very good reason to be proud of their country.

Israel – Write to an IDF Soldier

Considering that Israel sits in one of the world’s hottest spots for conflict, posting this next resource could come across as strong Western bias, but in all honesty I searched for soldier-writing resources for Middle Eastern countries and simply couldn’t find any. If you know of any, again please share it in the comments. This is not a vote of support for either side of any Mid-East conflicts, but only a nod to Chabad.org, a well-designed website created to assist Israelis and writing letters to IDF soldiers to boost morale and show their support.

write soldiers

The cool thing about this particular service is that you aren’t submitting your message electronically or even through the mail, this organization promises to “hand deliver” your message of support to an IDF soldier. You can even include you or your family’s picture so that they know you’re a real person and care about their well-being.

Europe – 2 Sites to Lend Moral Support to Troops

Now, while I’m American and I’m proud of the level of U.S. support for her deployed troops, just reviewing some of the websites across the pond I have to say the level of European patriotism easily rivals the U.S. The UK was the most abundant in support websites, but I know there are more organizations out there, and I hope our readers can share them.

For starters, I think probably the most vocal and active group is SOS – short for Support Our Soldiers.

write to british soldiers

This organization handles arranging for parcels where they will put together a care package for a soldier that you’ve sponsored. The site removes the need for you to try to figure out the sort of things a soldier needs – these folks know – all you need to do is help fund the care package and it gets put together and sent for you. When it comes to writing messages and letters of support, SOS partners with the next organization I’d like to cover, ForcesPenPals.

write to british soldiers

This site completely automates the process of linking up UK armed forces with the civilian population, serving as a perfect medium for civilians to exchange messages of support to UK troops. It appears that the site also serves as a dating service…interesting!

United States – Send a Care Package to Any Soldier

A couple of years ago, I wrote an online article titled “My Hero.”  The hero that I chose was Sergeant Brian Horn of LaPlata, Maryland. A member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Iraq, Brian was well supported by his family and friends while serving in Iraq, but he also noticed that a lot of soldiers didn’t get any mail at all. My choice for Brian as a hero wasn’t so much for his bravery while in harms way (although that was without question), his true heroism started in 2003 when he came up with the idea to start an organization to funnel the overwhelming public support for the troops at home into material support that the deployed troops could actually see for themselves. From this simple concept, AnySoldier was born.

write to an american soldier in iraq

Through AnySoldier, you can sort through the database (shown above), filter by branch of armed services if you like, and then choose one of the contact names. The contacts are deployed soldiers who volunteer to deliver letters and care packages to other soldiers in their area who don’t normally receive much word or encouragement from home. Anysoldier remains one of the most well-run “write to soldiers” organizations that I’ve seen on the Internet.

Do you know of any organization that helps citizens support the armed forces? Have you ever tried any of these yourself? Please share your own resources and experiences in the comments section below.

Ads by Google
Check out more about:

16 Comments - Write a Comment

Reply

dave

oh my god. what is that?
“…your safety and security is insured by a select group of folks who risk their lives every day.”

how exactly is our security ensured by these people? maybe the social security of people making incredible money with selling weapons.

sorry i dont want to offend anyone who shares this authors opinion mentioned in the first sentences – and btw i guess this is not the message of the article – but in my opinion this is the fundamental misunderstanding when it comes to the ideal of a peaceful planet.

no need to read any more of this. but yes, i feel sorry for all soldiers who cannot be at home because their government sent them to war, for good reason (?) or not.

one world! peace! urlaub fuer alle soldaten.

Ryan Dube

Hey Dave – thanks for your comment. As I mentioned in the article, everyone feels very strongly when it comes to war and violence. However, these men and women are human beings with families back home – and most of them are only following the orders they are given. I really want to avoid the subject of politics or peace activism and focus on these folks who are in harms way, regardless of the reasons.

Reply

SSG Gilbert

As a soldier who has been to combat several times, I can personally attest to the fact that these sites are a GREAT morale booster. Sometimes, just the simplest things can bring a smile to your face, even if it is for a few minutes before you go back into the fight. And Dave, if you don’t think that we are out there every day protecting your freedom, maybe you should go and sign up for a tour or two to a combat zone and see what we go through. Just my 2 cents.

Ally

Just let me say THANK YOU! for your service. I agree about Dave. I just wish we could drop people like him in Afghanistan right now!

Reply

Ally

Hey Dave. You’re an idiot. Our soldiers aren’t the ones who started the war, asked for the war, and they don’t decide when are where they go. People like YOU should be on the front line risking their lives. Not them.

Ryan, thanks for caring about our soldiers. I hope that this site gets a lot of attention so that our soldiers can get more attention as well. People like Dave need to remember that the military is not only full of soldiers who WANT to dedicate their lives to our country… but also they may not have had any other choice for a decent life and a way out. Most people don’t think like that. Anyway, thanks again Ryan. I appreciate Americans like you!!

Jennifer McCumber

yeah that is right they didn’t start the war But they were only doing what they were told to do by Bush and now many of us have lost our love ones because of it he should of never got involed in something that wasn’t his problem

Reply

Albert

Well done Ryan! Excellent article! Using tech to do nice things for good people, well that’s just awesome!

Thank-You!

Reply

Quakeboy

Excellent thinking and effort to find these sites and make this article.

Thank you Ryan

Reply

Pissed

Special thanks to MUO for promoting world peace.
Yes, I was being sarcastic.

Reply

dave

dont get me wrong.
these sites are a good and necessary way to give the soldiers a kind of “spiritual succour.”

i am not the one to judge the work of soldiers. they have my respect, i cannot tell them anything about their work.

but i am just critic about the thesis that what they (NATO allies) are told to do insures “our” safety.

soldiers are not the ones who decide to go to war. politicians mostly decide that. and this decision is not always at first lead by the interest of peace. i dont know any of these deciders who has some family fighting at the front line of a battle field.

i have had family members and friends going to war. they never came back. yes some did, but they were just a rest of what they used to be. my cousin works at the LRMC (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center). it is incredible what he sees every day. thats what nearly all soldiers see every day. i do not believe that there is ANY benefit being so strong to compensate what happens to these men and women.

if my thinking provokes you to call me an “idiot” or makes you wanna send me to a battle field, then i have nothing more to say than Q.E.D.. you have to react like that, because you have been tought this thinking probably for your whole lifetime.

i do not criticize soldiers, i criticize deciders!!

and for those willing to offend:
call me a swiss bastard with now idea of how global politics is working.

Reply

Steward

Your so-called soldiers are well conditioned marionettes, serving basically one thing: the economic interests of global operating war-groups and concerns. the point is not, who has to fight these wars – the point is: why are there these kind of wars? To secure oil-supply and power relationships. Ask your local CIA.

Reply

Kat

Thanks for the great post, Ryan. And for any service person, in any country, who now, or ever has served in the armed forces, thank you.

The really ironic thing about the comments is… the only hateful comments are the ones posted by the anti-war crowd. Almost gets to be a “hate all war or I kill you” kind of thing. More things that make you go hmmmmmmm…

Tina

Kat and Ally,

may I remind you that free speech is the most important tool in free, democratic countries. Everyone is free to voice their opinions.

And Kat, I believe you confuse hate with criticism and I think the response we saw from Ally was the only hate comment in this thread so far.

What Dave contributed was legitimate criticism. You don’t have to agree, but you have to respect his opinion.

Furthermore, if you objectively evaluate Dave’s arguments, you will see that he has a point.

What is your point? Can you contribute to the discussion with constructive arguments yourself?

dave

“may I remind you that free speech is the most important tool in free, democratic countries. Everyone is free to voice their opinions.”

[ as long as they do not “confuse hate with criticism.” ]

Thank You Tina, best comment!

Jennifer McCumber

that is very true and some people think that people can’t say what they want but they say that you have free speech but really you don’t cause you got to watch what you say

Reply

Jennifer McCumber

my cousin John Armstrong is in the army and he loves what he does for our country to me he is the one that inspires me becuase i know that he finishes what he starts and he helps others when they are in need

Your comment