Every year we receive thousands of Valentine’s Day cards addressed to service members and veterans. Sadly, since the cost to distribute these cards is so high, we are not able to provide enough funding to get these cards to our military and veteran heroes so they can feel the love.
But now you can help us spread the love!
All you need to do is include $1 per Valentine you send! This will help us cover the cost of packing & mailing boxes of Valentine’s Day cards to deployed troops overseas and VA Hospitals!
Mail your cards and $1 per card to:
Soldiers’ Angels Valentines for Veterans
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78218
Need some inspiration to help you get started on your Valentines? Check out our Valentines for Veterans blogs for tips, inspiration, and photos of previous cards we received!
Quick Tips Before Sending Your Valentines for Veterans
- The deadline is February 14
- Cards can be store-bought or handmade
- Individually wrapped candy can be included if it is attached to the card
- Include $1 per card, cash or check
- You can include an envelope if you want, but not necessary.
- If you include an envelope, do not seal
- At your discretion, you are welcome to include your return address in the event the recipient may write back to you. However, it is also okay if you do not include any personal information.
More questions about Soldiers’ Angels Valentines for Veterans campaign? Scroll down to see our FAQ section below or email us here.
Help us spread the word! Share the below posts and marketing materials on your social channels and encourage your friends and family to share the love with our troops and veterans this Valentine’s Day!
Hosting a collection drive? We’ve got some quick materials ready for your use to promote your collection!
This year, we are excited to add a fun coloring contest to the Valentines for Veterans campaign! We’ve created a coloring sheet that you can download, print, and color. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, submit a photo of your card to our Media Portal to be included in the coloring contest! Submissions will be posted around Valentine’s Day and the coloring with the most reactions (likes, love, wow, etc.) will win a fun prize pack!
2022 Coloring Contest Dates and Links
Entries in the coloring contest must be received via the Soldiers’ Angels Media Portal no later than 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022. Entries received via other methods of communication besides the Media Portal may not be eligible for the contest. Entries that contain graphic, lewd, or otherwise inappropriate content will not be considered for inclusion. If you enter the contest, you must provide an email address in order to be notified if you win. Inclusion in the contest is free and does not guarantee that you will win. Winners will be chosen solely based on popular vote using Facebook during the dates mentioned above. Winners will be notified by email after the announcement and have 1 week to reply with a shipping address for their prize pack. If they do not respond in 1 week, the prize will be forfeited to the next most popular piece of art. In the event of a two-way tie or more, there may be a runoff to decide the winner as determined by Soldiers’ Angels.
Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (ie, your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign. If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]
Soldiers’ Angels Valentines for Veterans FAQ:
A: As many as you want! Please just make sure to include a monetary donation with your valentines for the same number of cards as you send: 1 card = $1, 10 cards = $10, etc.
A: After we receive your donation of cards to our headquarters in San Antonio, we will distribute cards to troops and veterans around the world. We will pack boxes of cards and ship them to the deployed service members we support. We will also ship boxes of cards to our VA Representatives across the country. The representatives will hand out the cards in person to veteran patients they visit. Many VA’s even have Valentine’s Day dinners or celebrations and our Representatives and volunteers will be in attendance at many of these events to spread the love to attending veterans.
A: We will accept cards through Valentine’s Day, February 14th. There are many events at various VA Hospitals that happen either on Valentine’s Day or in the days following Valentine’s Day– so as long as the cards reach our headquarters by February 14th, we will be able to get the cards out to troops and veterans!
A: The short answer is no, please do not solicit donations (cash or in-kind items) from any major company. Here’s why: Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (ie, your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign. If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]
A: They can be store bought cards, but they can also be handmade crafty cards of any skill level. The handmade cards we receive from school children of every age are often the most touching. So get out the construction paper, markers and, doilies and get crafting!
A: Our best suggestion is to keep it general. “Thank you for your service” is a great sentiment to share with service members and veterans no matter what time of year. We just ask that you do not include any political or religious statements. Please remember, we want to share our love with these heroes and sheroes, not our opinions.
Also, please keep in mind, we do not have the resources at our headquarters to sort the cards based on who they are addressed to— deployed troops or veterans OR male/female. With that in mind, it’s best to create your cards with the thought that they could either go to a deployed service member OR a veteran. Our suggestion is to address your message with a term like “Dear Hero” that could be applicable to any service member, past or present, male or female.
A: Sure! You definitely don’t have to include candy, but if you would like to, we are sure the recipients would love the extra special touch. Best suggestions for candy would be a single lollipop or a small package of candy hearts. We just ask that you attach the candy to each card so we can ship the card and candy together. Please do not include chocolate of any kind or any other type of candy that would melt easily. Please do not send large bags/boxes of candy or loose candy. All candy must be attached to a card for ease of repacking and distribution.
A: Either is fine, as long as your donation amount matches the number of cards you send. If you prefer to send a check, please make the check payable to: Soldiers’ Angels. A money order would also be acceptable. Most important— the money must be included with the cards as we do not have a method to track cards if their donations arrive separately.