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Unyielding support

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 4 comments


I just returned from R&R Leave in the United States and actually had a box of your wonderful cards waiting when I returned!   Thank you, as always, for thinking of us!  I have already distributed the Mother’s Day cards you sent us!   The Soldiers love them and there was NOT one left!

I have about 75 days left here in theater….so I wanted to take a brief moment to just personally thank you for your unyielding support during our year-long deployment.  Although it’s sometimes intangible to you just how many lives you touch, I want you to know your cards have made all the difference here!  Folks are ALWAYS asking me when the next box of cards is coming?  Thank you!!!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL and BLESSED EASTER and again, I can’t thank you enough for your care and support during the past year!

Please continue to keep in touch…and keep the photos of Ciara coming.

In humble gratitude,



The glow on people’s faces

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 0 comments

Thanks for sending us the cards. My section runs the unit mailroom and we set the box outside our door with a sign “free cards to mail home.” The troops here loved them and they are all gone! It’s extremely exciting to see the glow on people’s faces as they went through the cards picking them out.

I am a mother of 5 (22, 16, 515, 5, 3) and one granddaughter. My husband is also serving in Kuwait and my kids are staying with my mom. I also have 3 dachsunds and one lab puppy! I am very grateful for my family back home. They haev taken on a lot of responsibility. This is my first time in Afghanistan; I deployed to Kuwait in 2006 and my husband deployed to Iraq in 2010.

I need to get back to work. Thanks again for the cards!

-SFC L.P., Afghanistan


Beyond words

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Airman, Note from Qatar | 0 comments

Thank you again for the cards. I have been able to share them with another unit here and they have been a BIG HIT with the other unit too. The generosity and devotion of everyone involved is appreciated. Beyond anything my words can express!

God bless you, your family, and loved ones.

-E.T., USAF Qatar


Cards with character

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan | 0 comments

I wanted to thank you for the amazing cards that you sent us. I think I have sent out at least 10 cards to different family members and friends. I really appreciate the effort. The cards are beautiful and so neat. It was nice to have some cards with character!

Thanks again,

SrA K.R., Afghanistan


My sons love when they hear from me

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Sailor | 1 comment

Thank you so much for the picture, card, and box of cards! I love reading the Hero letters you included as well.

I’ve been away from my family since 2013. My husband tells me my sons love when they hear from me.

I am very grateful for what you and your volunteers are doing. The cards are all so beautiful! I’m big into crafts, so I can appreciate the work.

Ciara is beautiful! 14 years onld and looking as pretty as she can be.

Thank you again!

-LT A.B., Navy, Afghanistan


A little late holiday wishes!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Hero Blog, Hero Photos | 8 comments

As we’ve shared before, mail can take quite a while to make its way back home (thus our deadlines!)…this one might be a record! Just received a CD with Christmas pictures at the end of March… Enjoy! -Sandy


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Gave me goosebumps

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Airman | 0 comments

After receiving our letter wishing her a safe trip home….

Sandy, your last letter to me gave me goosebumps – I am going HOME and am so excited to see my husband and two daughters!

Thank you for much for supporting me and my troops. I am going to see if I can volunteer for OWH myself!

TSgt A.M, USAF Afghanistan


Our first box of beautiful cards

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Korea | 2 comments

Thank you so much for our first box of beautiful cards!! I will put the word out to the unit so they will have yet another excuse to come visit their Red Cross!

Your dog is so cute!! The photo will be on display next to the Operation Write Home flyer, next to the cards. :)

I really appreciate your support!

S.H., Red Cross Station Manager, Korea



Reactions from our family and friends

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 0 comments

So great to hear from you, and thank you so much for the Valentines Day card box! The soldiers loved the cards and have used them all!

The greatest reactions from our family and friends in the US when they receive our cards are the BEST! They love them too! Thank you again for your wonderful generosity. Please pass on to everyone how much we appreciate these thoughtful cards. We’re down to 5-1/2 months to go and are over the Halfway Hump! Couldnt be more excited!

Thank you again for everything, Sandy, it’s always great hearing from you. I wish you all of life’s bountiful blessings in 2014!

M. M., Afghanistan


Our time of need

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Airman | 3 comments

Hello from Afghanistan!

Thank you for the terrific greeting cards. It is very reassuring we are able to graciously write home to our loved ones. Without you and your volunteers, we wouldn’t have these terrific cards to write home with. Thank you for supporting us in our time of need. We are so blessed for your support! Thank you for guving us upe, for giving us the strenth and courage to do what needs to be done.

Thank you again for supporting us. We truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into making these cards. We are grateful for your continued support.

Msgt R.M., USAF, Afghanistan