Being a deployed soldier is not the most fun job on the planet. Most of them have loved ones at home that they are missing and, let us face it; they are not in the most pleasant environment. So, how do you go about helping them forget about this for a little bit and get their morale up? The best way to do this is communication and well-packed care packages. Bill Hanks has suggested that phone cards are a great idea too.
Deployed soldiers look forward to getting mail from home. Therefore, if there is a soldier overseas whose morale you care about, try to make sure they get mail every time they are able to. Be sure you have their APO address as soon as you can get it and send them mail every chance you get. You want to stay upbeat with your messages. No matter how much you want to, do not bother them with your everyday gripes. Let them know what is going well in your life and express how much you cannot wait for them to be home and safe. Of course, that does not mean you should leave out anything important. You can also contact deployed soldiers through e-mail, in most cases. However, they can keep letters and read them whenever they have enough time, so be sure to send him or her at least a few letters.
Sending deployed soldiers care packages is a great way to boost their morale. First, you need their APO address and a list of things that they are not allowed to receive (this is important). You can send them some of their favorite snacks, pictures and some necessities. And, thanks to Tony Payne, I have remembered that many of them have the means to watch movies, so sending a few of those wouldn’t hurt. They may need cotton swabs, deodorant, new socks, etc. It may seem small to you, but just little things like that can really make their lives easier and happier.
Something that I noticed deployed soldier’s love is letters from children. There is nothing better to boost your morale than a thank you from the children you are protecting. If you have no children to write, do not be afraid to go to a local school and ask the administration if they could have the children write some letters for your soldier. All they need is his or her name. As for mailing arrangements, sort that out with the school. They may want the APO address or they may need you to pick up the letters and mail them.
Remember when you are sending care packages that soldiers like to share. If you are able to afford to throw a few extra snacks or letters from children into your care package, do so. Your deployed soldier is bound to know someone who would enjoy them. It does not hurt to boost more than one soldier’s morale at a time.