Not sure if I shared that I had adopted another deployed military person. In mid-January, I felt it was time to get back into actively supporting our military. It was hard to believe at one point I had over 40 deployed people I was writing to. After my sister’s death, it dwindled down to nothing. She was such a huge supporter of mine and my efforts to keep up morale of our deployed troops, I had a hard time writing my letters knowing she was gone.
Having “genesis” as my 2015 word,https://pinkherald.com/2015/01/01/welcome-to-2015-and-genesis, it was time to get back on the proverbial (writing) horse. I applied for another adoptee. I’ve used various sites over the years to obtain my adoptees. This time I chose to go with http://www.adoptaussoldier.com. Their website can be a little confusing and you need to email them the adoption request, once you’ve created an account, but overall it’s a good website and has lots of information.
I typically have received Army and Marine personnel to correspond with. This time, I received a Sailor as my adoptee. This is only the second time, in 5 years, that I have written to a Sailor. I think it’s really cool to be able to look up the name of the ship they are on and see what it looks like. Granted, I rarely have information as to where they are and what they are doing, but at least having a visual of the ship they are actually on, and I think that is pretty cool.
Adopting someone who is deployed can be a bit disheartening for those who think they are gaining a pen-pal. While some adoptees enjoy and/or have the ability to write, sometimes, depending on their location, they are unable to send mail out and some just don’t like writing letters. I learned this early on. Fortunately, I have received quite a bit of “free mail”. That would be mail from my adoptees. It’s called “free mail” because it doesn’t cost them anything to send out letters. I have also been lucky enough to have email contact with several of my adoptees. A few adoptees and I have remained friends over the years. We follow each other on FaceBook and sometimes take a few minutes for a chat on gmail. I am privileged to cal them friends.
Just the other day, my adoptee, sent me a quick email to let me know he finally received my first letter. He has two more already on the way to him. It put a smile on my face knowing he enjoyed my ramblings recounting my every day activities. The letter he received had a lot to do with the chaos my puppy creates, which is humorous at times.
I get the most satisfaction just knowing that when I send my letters out, my adoptee will hear his name at mail call. He will receive a letter (and sometimes a package). He will know someone is thinking of him. Even if it’s a stranger, an Army mom, who wants to make sure the he knows the gratitude for his service. I have my daughter draw pictures and sometimes write her own letter that’s included when I send mine out.
While the technological age puts us at an advantage for receiving correspondence quickly, not all of those who are deployed have immediate access to being online, if they have access at all. Letter writing may obsolete to some, but it is very much part of my life and I’m glad I have the opportunity to send a few letters out to some very worthy recipients.