In honor of Armed Forces Day this Saturday, we wanted to do something special for our troops. So we printed up some special “Thank You” stationery, formed a plan and got our whole company involved in writing thank you cards to our troops.
Did you know letters are the #1 thing that U.S. troops request? A simple thank-you note can reassure them and lift their spirits.
If you’d like to send a card or a letter to our troops, there are many ways to do so. If a friend or family member has been deployed, ask them if they can give you a roster so you can write letters to specific troops.
But if not, there are lots of resources. Try going through a service like A Million Thanks. You can send as many letters as you like, and they’ll take care of addressing them for you. We were fortunate enough to get a roster from employees whose loved ones were stationed overseas, so we got to address each card.
If you’re not sure quite what to write, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few examples and tips to get you started:
It’s hard to know how to thank someone who has sacrificed so much for our country, but I will do my best. Thank you for having the courage to stand up and defend our freedom. Thank you for all the things you have given up in order to be where you are today. I want you to know that there are millions of civilians who are proud of you and deeply thankful for everything you do. I am praying that you will come home safely and your family will be comforted while you are away. May you be blessed in all you do.
Dear Service Member,
I wanted to take a moment and let you know how much your service is appreciated. Even though you are far away, you are in our hearts and prayers every day. I thank you for being brave, selfless, strong and courageous enough to help preserve all the freedoms we enjoy every day. May your tour go by quickly and may you arrive safely back home with your loved ones.
With deep gratitude,
Dear Service Member,
Thank you for the sacrifices you make daily to protect America and our freedom. We care, and we want you to know that we stand behind you. Thank you for your dedication and the sacrifices that you and your family have made on my behalf.
A few more tips:
- Thank the troops for their service and for the freedoms they secure for us.
- Encourage them by letting them know that we support them.
- Don’t address the card “Dear Soldier” unless you know the person is a soldier. Troops like Marines do not refer to themselves as soldiers.
- Be creative – draw a picture, use decorative stationery or print pictures in your letter. (Many services like A Million Thanks don’t allow inserts, so photos need to be printed on the letter itself.)
- Include your name and address, or email address – many servicemen like to write back.