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Show your support for our men and women overseas with the suggestions in these videos.
You Will Need
- A computer with internet access
- Care packages or letters with postage
- The willingness to volunteer and give your time
Say "thank you"
When you encounter military personnel, thank them for their service and contribution.
Send a letter
Your enlisted friend or family member can always use some kind words and an update from home. Send a letter or email, or even a video or DVD of your good wishes. If you’d like to send mail to troops you don’t know, sites like amillionthanks.org and penpalsforsoldiers.org can help.
In addition to giving money, charitable organizations can help you donate computers, clothing, gift certificates, frequent flyer miles, phone cards, and lots of other needed items.
Send a care package
Soldiers can always use non-perishable food, books, DVDs, games, gadgets, and gifts from home. Pack enough for them to share, and ship away!
Adopt a soldier or platoon
Nonprofit organizations like Adopt A Soldier Now and AdoptaPlatoon allow you to focus your good deeds on a single soldier or a select military unit. Your efforts can help provide letters, holiday cards, care packages, money, and volunteer help.
Celebrate military holidays
May is National Military Appreciation Month. Go to nmam.org to find out about events in your area, and be sure to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day, as well as other military holidays.
Rally your hometown! Organize fundraisers, collection drives, and local events to benefit the troops.
A little elbow grease is always a huge help. Volunteers are always needed for projects that benefit both soldiers and veterans.
Help enlisted families
Whether you invite them over for game night, anonymously help out with the bills, or upgrade their internet connectivity through Operation Homelink, you can help soldiers by helping their families.