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  • 1. Encouragement on WrittenLetters to US Military SoldiersBy Hailey Ziegler
  • 2. Did You Know?There are currently 315,435, 908 US Citizen living in the UnitedStates right now. There are 5,000,000 million that are activemilitary soldiers and 23.5 million that has served in the militaryand is now a veteran. That means there is an accuracy of73,500,000 US Citizens that have served or is currently servingin the military.Most Americans do not have much knowledge when itcomes to the Military or service simply because they havenever served or known anybody that has served.Majority of the United States Armed Forces have been young men and women that hadjust graduated from high school or had recently graduated from high school. Most highschool kids join the Military either because they do not know what they want in life orthere is nothing for them where they are located at and the only outcome was to join themilitary.
  • 3. The StatisticsDid you know that one out of every ten soldiers do not receivemuch mail or even any mail.That means there are over 600,000active soldiers that do not receive any letters.For many young adults, it is their first time officially beingout of state and being away from home.Investigators found that 193 married army soldiers who returnedfrom military deployment within the past year had more frequentspousal and immediate family members communicate through“delayed communication,” such as letters, care packages and emailsended up having a lower chance of symptoms of a soldier gettingPTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)Letters have a stronger effect than phone calls.
  • 4. CanYou Imagine...Yes, I agree. Nobody should be writing a letter unless they havethe desire to write a letter, otherwise it will not be an effectiveletter BUT, canYOU imagine leaving home being in a wholeother state away from all your loved ones and not receiving anyletters?When you receive a letter, you can read itover and over again.Where as having aconversation over the phone, you can notremember every word for word.
  • 5. As Members of being a USCitizen...If we know of any new recruits or soldiers, they should beremembered and sent care packages or letters, and we as anAmerican Citizens should have the courtesy to do so.Maybe I do not have the ability to enforce written letters toArmed Forces as a law BUT, I definitely feel that we shouldincrease encouragement in immediate families and friends towrite letters to their US Soldiers.What if they do not have any family back at home?Even if they DO NOT have any family back home, you shouldstill have the desire to make somebody feel cared about andappreciated of.
  • 6. We should create an organization where high school kids whoare interested in joining the military, should write letters to thesoldiers who do not receive any family support back home.Imagine the effect in a soldier receiving a “Dear John Letter,”and how it effects ones life after they finally get out of themilitary.
  • 7. Personal Quotes fromMilitary Soldiers & Spouses“The waiting and anticipation of receiving a letter was the onlyform of communication that I could rely on.”- Sarah Ziegler“I find this ridiculously disrespectful. I’m in the United States Marine Corps and I fight on thefront lines.We are out here risking our lives every step we take and civilians back home have norespect. Sometimes I would rather be out here chilling with these towel - heads than be back athome and realize how ignorant some of my fellow Americans can be.- Anonymous“When you receive letters they can be read over and over againand when you write them, they can be therapeutic.- Leow“My husband repeatedly told me that receiving letters were likegold. It is their only tie to home or the outside world.”- Anonymous
  • 8. “My biggest fear is getting a “Dear John letter from youwhile I am gone. I love you so much Hailey. Especiallybeing in basic training right now, I would die if I ever lostyou. You are my one and only, the only person I can seemyself spend the rest of my life with .”- Kris Plantaz (US Army Soldier)
  • 9. “My biggest fear is getting a “Dear John letter from youwhile I am gone. I love you so much Hailey. Especiallybeing in basic training right now, I would die if I ever lostyou. You are my one and only, the only person I can seemyself spend the rest of my life with .”- Kris Plantaz (US Army Soldier)
  • 10. Cited Work Siteshttp://marriedtothearmy.com/writing-letters-during-basic-training-and-ait/-http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110603080109.htmhttp://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/dod101/index.htmlhttp://www1.va.gov/vetdata/docs/4X6_fall07_sharepoint.pdfhttp://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
  • 11. Cited Work Siteshttp://marriedtothearmy.com/writing-letters-during-basic-training-and-ait/-http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110603080109.htmhttp://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/dod101/index.htmlhttp://www1.va.gov/vetdata/docs/4X6_fall07_sharepoint.pdfhttp://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html