I thank all of your staff that makes these cards; I have been getting them and sending them home since my deployments started in the Middle East. My grandkids, husband, family and friends love to receive these beautiful cards that were hand made. I have saved one of the cards from when I was in Iraq. Thank you all!
LtCol S.G., USAF, Qatar
I’d like to let you know how much I appreciate you and your organization. You have not only blessed me but the people I shared the cards with and the people we get to send beautiful cards to. Thank you for caring enough to do what you do.
God bless you!
Thank you very much for the wonderful cards! They brought smiles to our Soldiers, and our walls are no longer a bare white. It amazed us that people from so many places would take the time to write to us. It means more than you can imagine. We really appreciate the support from people back home, and there is something special about receiving it from children. Many thanked us for all that we do (it is our honor), but we want to emphasize how much we thank you for going above and beyond as citizens. Please take pride in knowing what a great and positive impact your gift has on our unit’s morale!
Thank you so much! The cards are truly beautiful and definitely made with love. It’s organizations like Operation Write Home that impact Soldiers’ lives in profound but simple ways.
As simple as a card to send home to loved ones.
As simple as a hero card to brighten someone’s day.
Thanks so much.
Dear Sandy and friends at OWH:
Your mission of homemade cards is phenomenal! It was such a joy to be able to send unique cards to say thank you and miss you. I loved them all.
The notes of encouragement are very touching also.
It’s been an honor to serve our great country over here; though I’m going home, your mission continues to be just as important – or more – to keep the support going for our sake. Thank you for making it joyful! You have been and are still a blessing to us here.
Dear Operation Write Home,
I am sending you a card from one of the many you sent us. We appreciate the many different cards that we have. Now we don’t have any excuses not to write home to family and friends!
We are a great nation and military due to folks just like you giving us support.
Happy New Year and God bless,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful (and incredibly generous) package. It really means a lot to know that people back home are thinking about us as we continue our deployment. The cards will see much use over the coming weeks.
Thank you for sharing the photo of Ciara with us. She reminded many of our Soldiers of their own dogs back home. Our camp has a few wild dogs and cats to help balance out the other “critters” that try to make our home theirs as well; however we are not allowed to adopt them.
To give you a little information about our organization, we are an Air Defense Artillery unit that has everything from missile launcher crews to communication and administrative personnel to mechanics – quite a broad spectrm of jobs. Our Soldiers are the heart of our unit and the backbone of the mission, and we try our best to keep them motivated. Reminders of home, whether sent from spouses, children, or kindhearted citizens, do wonders for morale and contribute greatly to our unit’s success.
Please continue to support our service members stationed at home and overseas. We are truly grateful for your support.
With sincere thanks,
LTJG C.P. rotated back to the States, and I was asked if I would become the point of contact for the Operation Write Home.
It’s an honor.
I spent 20 years in the US Air Force as a Vietnamese and Russian Linguist. This is my third conflict in over 40 years… The first, the military wasn’t looked upon very highly by the folks back home. Coming back wasn’t as joyous as it should have been. Then, DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM changed that, but wasn’t protracted like this conflict has become. I retired in 1993. And went to work in the civilian world. Over 6.5 years ago, I quit my civilian as job and came to work for the Army–I wanted to give back again…long story, I had a great job and took a significant pay cut, but I don’t regret it. I found out the Army needed Army civilian workforce members to help over here and volunteered. I got here in December 2013 and will be here a year working shoulder-to-shoulder with my Army, Air Force, and Navy counterparts to, hopefully, bring this thing to a close later this year.
I grew up when all the modern communications didn’t exist. In my 20 years in the USAF, I was married 17 years (got married after I came back the first time–it was love at first sight for me, and we’re celebrating #38, tomorrow, 14 Feb = Valentine’s Day). Of that 17 years, I was gone a lot = almost 10 years total. I wrote my wife when TDY and on peace-time deployments. When I deployed for DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, I wrote her every day. My “free time” of about an hour (maybe) each few days, I would go to the little PX and look for cards that had meaning and send them to my wife and children. She still has all the letters and cards I sent. I also got mail from her regularly. I still know how important “good old fashioned mail” is. I write her and she writes me every day now too. I like getting mail.
I was impressed when I got here and saw the box of cards. My wife scraps, and I know how much work, love, and caring goes into these cards. I was in awe at the program and want to thank you for this.
In my opinion, there’s still nothing as personal (from or to home) as a piece of mail…all this computer stuff is nice, but a card or letter is easily carried and has a lot of meaning and doesn’t need electricity or batteries to enjoy over and over.
I have sent Operation Write Home cards to my wife and, also, now to my four grandchildren (ages 2,3,4,and 5). They think getting mail and “stories” from Grampa is great.
Once again, THANK YOU ALL!!! Your support for the war effort is valuable and very much appreciated!!
P.S. It is a small world…Noted you’re in Federal Way. I came here from Fort Lewis, Washington. My wife and I live in DuPont. Guess who we were cheering for in the Superbowl??!! My wife is the “black sheep” (note my name and pun intended)–her family all live in Colorado and are Broncos fans. HA!!
Just checking in with you about getting more cards sent our way. I know the weather in the states has been terrible so I understand it may take a little longer to get them. My troops were asking for cards to send to both smaller boys and girls, thinking of you, birthday and of course the up and coming holidays.
They really enjoy picking out a card for their loved ones back home. It has been a huge success. Thanks again for making this process so easy and enjoyable for us all.
Tell those making the cards how much we appreciate their support.
SGT K.U., Kuwait
I wanted to say thank you for the effort you have put forth providing us cards with which we may write home. Not only have I enjoyed using the cards, my daughter has been so delighted to receive them. She loves getting the cards, and she especially loves all the designs, the rhinestones, the patterns, and colors. I always hear about how excited she was to get a letter from me. (From you too!)