Letter Writing Team
I want to start out by telling you what a great feeling it is to open a letter from someone you have never met before and feel so loved by a complete stranger...Thank you for all that you do. Alpha troop 6/17 CAV sends their most heartfelt appreciation to all. - Tracy
Who We Are
The Letter Writing Team (LWT) is made up of registered Soldiers' Angels who enjoy writing to our heroes, and who know how important it is to hear your name called at mail call (sadly some soldiers get no mail at all from back home). We select names from those that submit themselves through the Soldiers' Angel website and have indicated that they would like to receive additional support. These soldiers are also assigned an Angel to provide ongoing support, but our team provides them with some extra cards and letters.
How it Works
You may sign up for as many days in the week as you would like to write letters. On each day you sign up for, your assigned LWT Team Leader will send you (via email) a new name and address to write to. You are only asked to send one card or letter to each address you receive, but of course may send more if you like.
Please remember that for security reasons, all our soldiers' addresses are confidential to Soldiers' Angels and can only be shared with other registered Soldiers' Angels, not outside Soldiers' Angels.
Please note that members of the Letter Writing Team must be at least 18 years old.
You can introduce yourself as a Soldiers Angel and member of the LWT, thank the soldier (or Sailor, Airman or Marine) for their service to our country and let them know a little about yourself, your family, and anything else you would like to share (they all seem to enjoy hearing about everyday "back home" activities). We only send out regular mail addresses to LWT members, but you are welcome to include your email in your letter and you may get an email back.
Please do not include anything that could be deemed disrespectful by the soldier or could possibly make him/her feel uncomfortable. We are solely here to let the soldier know that there are people back home that care about them and their families, plus appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families make during this time.
Upon receipt of the required information, you will be assigned to one of the LWT Team Leaders and be notified as to who it is. If you are new to SA, this may take up to 72 hours. If you are currently a registered member of Soldiers' Angels, you will receive your LWT "Team Leader" within a few hours, depending on when information was received at Soldiers' Angels.
Your LWT Team Leader is the person who will send you the name or names on the day or days that you have requested a soldier's name to write to. The LWT Team Leader is also your point of contact for changes to your days, adding/dropping the number of names to receive each designated day, needing to drop from the LWT, not receiving names as requested, and other questions that you may have. If the question is not related to the LWT, then you will be directed to the appropriate person or group for assistance.
If you do not receive a response to an email to your official LWT Team Leader within 72 hours (and have not been previously notified by the Team Leader that she will be unavailable for a few days), please let us know by emailing the main LWT team leader.
Interested in joining the LWT?
Please note: the minimum commitment as an LWT Writer is three months, and you must request a minimum of one name per week (different name each week).
We look forward to volunteering with you!
Getting letters are golden out here--it's a warm feeling to see on a piece of paper that people still care, just as much as we care for the people that aren't here with us. - SSG Justin C.
This is my third deployment and second time that I have used Soldiers' Angels. The best part is not the packages, but the many other people on the Letter Writing Teams. I have been pen pals with a lot of people all over the U.S and continue to make contact with them. Once again, Thank You. And if you could, please pass that Thank You along to all the other Angels out there. - MSG Martin, in Iraq
It can be hard and lonely here and every letter helps. They help us pass the time. They help us get our minds out of things for a little. It also really helps with morale, which may be the most important [way it helps]. If the soldiers can't stay in good spirits while we are out here, it just makes it so much worse. - Heather
You just don't know how much we appreciate how much you do for us. Days like today my head was down, until I got your postcards. A lot of us have families that don't even take the time out to write, whether it's on Facebook or paper. It's a special feeling just to get mail, just to know you're being thought about is a blessing...We love you all and thank you for your appreciation. - Specialist Harris
You don't know how much it means to receive words of encouragement when we're so far from home. You are all doing an outstanding job. - SSG Karen
I have gotten some letters from some people in the Soldiers' Angels program and want to express my sincerest gratitude. These letters may not have been replied to, but I do appreciate them very much. We all here in Iraq are working long hours and hard days, and to get some unexpected mail is a wonderful thing. Thanks. - PFC David B.
I didn't not know about your organization until my son, who served combat duty in Iraq, returned. He had some letters that were written to him. He would keep them in his pockets for encouragement… My son's grandmother and I were diligent letter writers to my son for the year he was overseas. Now, I realize he had many encouragers and we are thrilled… I have just signed up with your organization to write letters with your group. It is a tremendous comfort to those soldiers in harm's way. - Lisa, May 2009
I have received a lot of letters from all over the country and I just want to let you know how much each one means to me and my family. Just knowing that each person has taken time out of the lives to write a letter and put so much care into each one does make a world of difference. - Corporal James K & Family
Well, words can not express the gratitude that I feel knowing that I had a group of ladies that cared enough about me to send me cards and letters. I will always carry each of you in my heart and thoughts no matter where I go in this world. This deployment was very bright thanks to all of you. - Shay
A couple of weeks ago iIleft a message here [requesting support]. I have gotten over 15 letters already in a week. I am so shocked, I really don’t know what to say. I still can’t believe there are so many great Americans out there. From the bottom of my heart I love you all so much. I’m in tears writing this, ‘cause the love and support just little old me is getting touches my heart… It is my pleasure to put my life on the line for all of you. Thank you so much. I love you all. Me and my wife thank you all for what you are to doing for all of us soldiers. - Sidney
I had never heard of Soldiers Angels before my friend signed me up for it, but after receiving five letters in one day I have to say I'm incredibly touched. I never imagined there were so many caring individuals who would take time to write to people they've never met. It's been interesting reading the letters people have sent, giving me a peek into their lives. One woman wrote of her journey to get fit, culminating in a bike ride through the Great Smoky Mountains. One shared how she and her grandson are mapping where soldiers are from and how much they enjoy the project. One woman even served herself, retiring in the second highest rank! It's all everyday stuff, but I feel special knowing it's been shared with me. - Connie D