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The freedoms we enjoy in many parts of the world are guarded by brave men and women who sacrifice and risk their lives every day. Many of them spend long amounts of time away from home in isolation, which can take a toll on their morale.

As a token of your thanks, it’s a great idea to write to a soldier with words of encouragement. It might seem like a small gesture to you, but a note letting a soldier know that they’re appreciated will do wonders for them. Here are some great websites to help you start writing to soldiers.

1. Any Soldier

Any Soldier Contact

Any Soldier is one of the first resources you should check out for writing letters to soldiers. The site has paired up with overseas military members who act as representatives for others that they serve with. When you send letters (plus packages, if you wish), they distribute them to soldiers who don’t get any other mail first.

On the Where To Send page, you’ll find a list of soldier contacts, sorted by date of last contact, along the left side. Click one to see some information about them, including where they’re stationed and how many male and female soldiers they represent. If you decide you want to support that soldier, you can request their complete address on the page.

There’s a lot of information on Any Soldier, though the site is a little tough to navigate. It’s definitely worth checking the FAQ pages to find out what types of items to send and answer other questions before you get ready to send a support package.

2. Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to troops, including new recruits and veterans. These packages include snacks, clothes, toys, and other items that soldiers appreciate. In addition, they have letters inside to lift the recipients’ spirits.

On the above page, you can register for letter writing and get a guide on doing so. You don’t have to contribute the other items in the package, making this an easy way to be part of something that’s much appreciated.

3. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

If you’d rather email a soldier than write a physical letter, this site makes it easy. It offers a simple form where you provide your first name, state, country, and email address along with a message.

Once you send it in, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach will print out your letter and include it in one of its packages sent to soldiers. This makes it a great way to let someone in the armed forces know you’re thinking about them without having to mail a physical letter or package overseas.

4. Sandboxx

This service is focused on writing letters to soldiers in basic training. It adds a touch of modern technology to help it stand out.

Using Sandboxx, you write out a letter using your phone or computer, including a picture if you like. The service then sends the letter to your recruit with next-day delivery. It arrives on high-quality paper in an airmail envelope, giving it a premium appearance.

Every letter includes tracking, so you’ll know when your message arrives. And they can reply using the included custom stationery and return envelope. This removes the hassle of visiting the post office, buying stamps, and finding addresses to write to soldiers.

Due to everything it includes, the service is not free. Sandboxx charges $4 to send a single letter, but you can save by purchasing multiple letters at once. For example, $50 gets you 15 letters—dropping the price to $3.33 per letter.

Check Sandboxx’s pricing page for more info and to see all the benefits it provides compared to traditional mail.

5. Soldiers’ Angels

If you’d like to commit to writing letters to soldiers for some time, give Soldiers’ Angels a look. The letter writing team is one part of its effort to provide support to troops.

Joining this team requires at least a three-month commitment where you write a letter a minimum of one time per month. Of course, you can write more if you’d like. Have a look at the Team Angel information page if you’d like to sign up.

This provides some important details about the program, including the fact that you don’t decide where to send letters to soldiers on your own. The company chooses who you will support. Additionally, you are required to report your activity monthly and recognize that you act on behalf of the organization.

You should make sure you know what you’re getting into with this before you sign up.

Best Military Pen Pal Sites Outside the US

We’ve focused on sites to write to United States soldiers above. If you live in a different part of the world, here are a few resources to write to service members from your country.

6. UK: Forces Penpals

Forces Penpals

If you’re located in the UK, give this site a look. It allows you to write to armed forces members and even live chat with them via instant messaging and chatrooms. The service also offers forums for discussion with service members and fellow supporters, making it a great way to hear real stories from veterans 5 Places for True War and Military Stories From Veterans 5 Places for True War and Military Stories From Veterans Relive the best war stories for free through these websites. Read More .

Strangely, the site makes mention of dating members of the military too. We wouldn’t recommend using this as a dating site, but the opportunity is there if you’re really interested.

7. Canada: Canadian Armed Forces Messages

Canadian Armed Forces Message

Those in Canada can use this official government website to write to CAF troops. Click Post Message on the page above to write a brief message (under 1,500 characters). It will then appear on the message board for service members to see.

You can use the View Messages link to have a look at messages that others have posted, too.

8. Australia: Department of Defence Message to the Troops

Australia also has a dedicated government page for sending mail to soldiers. This site advises you to email supportthetroops@defence.gov.au, which will pass your email onto those in the Navy, Army, and Air Force. You’ll also find a physical mailing address here if you want to send a postcard to the troops.

Write to a Soldier and Make Their Day

With these resources, you have everything you need to send a note of thanks and encouragement to military service members. It’s important to let them know they’re appreciated for everything they do. A simple note for you could mean everything to them.

If you haven’t written a physical letter in a while, you may want to practice your handwriting 10 Unique Ways to Practice Your Handwriting When You Hate It 10 Unique Ways to Practice Your Handwriting When You Hate It You don't have to feel bored with handwriting practice. Here are ten tips and tools that will help you improve your handwriting and penmanship by writing beautiful sentences. Read More before penning your note. You might also want to check out the best war documentaries.

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  1. Lerv
    May 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, on occasion I see a 500 server error when I view this site. Just a heads up, best wishes

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    February 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm

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  3. Maria Boseley
    September 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I was wanting to be a pen pal to a serviceman, but it doesn't seem so easy to find names or addresses. This is rather upsetting since I do still enjoy snail mail .

    • Deb Parkhurst
      January 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      I am going through the same thing right now. I want to support a soldier away from home by mail. They are not making it very easy!! Disappointed in Az....

      • Diana
        February 24, 2017 at 3:04 am

        You can try the Canadian Forces site; it appears to offer the opportunities of writing to a Canadian serviceperson, writing a letter that will specifically delivered to Canadian serviceperson who has not received any mail, or even simply write an online message to Canadian Forces personnel on the, "Morale by Message Board," link (I realize the latter may lack the charm of snail mail, Ms. Boseley, and Ms. Parkhurst; I only mention it because it may be the simplest way of showing support to the Canadian Forces).

        ...but wait- that is information re: Canadian Forces- and we all planned on showing support for US service personnel-
        (not to mention, Ms. Parkhurst: how great would it be if you were able to contact a service person from Arizona? That'd be neat, I think).

        Well...
        Since this particular site has been a letdown so far, and both of you, Ms. Boseley, and Ms. Parkhurst, have expressed your passion for...er...expressing compassion (sorry, that phrasing doesn't quite roll of the tongue, heh) towards deployed service personnel- at least the option to do so in a fairly simple way, may still exist.

        While probably not initially what one had in mind, it may be worth considering showing support for the Canadian Forces, even as an American. After all, regardless of any differences in policies and current military activities between our two nations- we ARE still, absolutely, 'on the same side.'

        The USA and Canada have shared a [lonnnng] political territory border for centuries; and, excluding the various skirmishes among colonizing states prior to the official formation of the sovereign American and Canadian nations, 100% of US-Canadian affairs have been entirely peaceful. We ought not overlook how truly rare such an amicable border-nation relationship, as that of the States & Canada, really is in this world. That this peaceable relationship has been maintained, with rock-solid stability, for the entire 'lifetimes' of the two nations, is an extraordinary achievement among nations of the world.

        The value of the USA-Canada mutual tolerance, and, the mutual- yet non-reuquired- automatic emergency provision of at least minimal support, during times of crisis for either nation, is Not an established relationship to be taken for granted. Canadian Forces have joined alongside US forces consistently since the First World War. Our interactions are diplomatic; our economies are acknowledged as inherently tied to each other; our alliegiance is unquestionable; and our friendship has proven resilient.

        Obviously, one may choose to seek instead a way to support a US service person, as one's compatriot- much like showing care for a niece or nephew. One may consider, as well, that for one to support for a Canadian service person, is thus, to support one's ally- and is not unlike showing care for the child of one's own cousin.

        As you will.

        To all:
        Have a relaxing, productive, safe, & fun, day.

        Peace [we owe it to the little kids, n'est pas?]

        • Jeddah Muqitah
          April 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

          I know that your message needed to be said, I feel you.
          I couldn't help thinking " and you thought you were verbose," lol!
          Again anyone visiting this and other similar sites would, you'd think, have a more open sense of purpose than the 2 ladies you addressed.
          Thanks for your sense humour and inclusion.
          Feeling you, in Dearborn, MI

  4. bobby
    February 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    ACTUALLY , most most anti war people are against the illegal was disguising American expansionism but feel for the troops, who are made into killing machines at early,impressionable ages, and who are predominantly poorer. I am one of these people,,,,feel strongly anti war,,,,but feel for these soldiers... as I do for the people in these war torn countries. Many of these wars were perpetuated by the United States which sends troops in ,then forgets about them. I know the truth and how they are treated internally by a patriarchal chain of command.And Im afraid many now know they are being used and there is no end in sight, Hence the amount of ptsd, and suicides that are rampant. Many will never be the same again if they are not killed. So, my point is I feel mostly sad for them,,,they are fighting for each other and to stay alive..and for corporate,militaristic America.

    • Jeddah Muqitah
      April 8, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      I agree on all points! I am here for the expressed purpose of offering an ear and maybe a little cheer, but making contact to remind the warriors that they are not forgotten. Also that their situations are known.

  5. Renee Lynne
    November 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I started FB group to post encouraging words to military who are overseas.
    U.S. Military Overseas on FB

  6. Jennifer McCumber
    November 17, 2009 at 11:44 am

    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

  7. Kat
    October 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    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
      October 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      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
        October 30, 2009 at 9:36 am

        "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
          November 17, 2009 at 11:46 am

          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

  8. Steward
    October 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    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.

  9. dave
    October 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

    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.

  10. Pissed
    October 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

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

  11. Quakeboy
    October 27, 2009 at 5:53 am

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

    Thank you Ryan

  12. Albert
    October 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm

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

    Thank-You!

  13. Ally
    October 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    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
      November 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

      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

  14. SSG Gilbert
    October 26, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    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
      October 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm

      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!

  15. dave
    October 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    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
      October 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm

      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.