Adopt A US Soldier (AAUSS) Connects Individuals and Soldiers
Adopt A US Soldier (AAUSS), according to its website, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization originated to honor and support active US military personnel. Adopt A US Soldier connects deployed soldiers with individuals who wish to encourage and thank a deployed soldier through cards, letters, and care packages.
Adopt A US Soldier creates strong bonds between supporters and soldiers, affecting both the lives of deployed military and those who care enough to reach out to soldiers who are serving our country. AAUSS currently has approximately 235,000 supporters who have adopted soldiers through their organization.
Still Greater Need for Soldier Support
Despite the work of AAUSS and organizations like them, there are still soldiers who never receive mail from home, much less care packages. As long as U.S. troops are deployed anywhere in the world there is a need for individuals to support and encourage soldiers. While Adopt A US Soldier allows you to support and get to know a soldier individually through letter exchanges, other organizations allow you to reach out to soldiers who are not linked in to any organization, or encourage entire platoons.
Soldier’s Angels Connects Groups, Special Interests, Individuals and Soldiers
Soldier’s Angels is a non-profit organization that supports troops through a variety of groups and projects. The flexibility of Soldier’s Angels allows individuals to support, thank, and encourage troops by becoming involved in any one of 30 projects that are on-going or annual events. Soldier’s Angels projects include adopt a soldier, blankets of gratitude, blankets of hope, chaplain support, handmade canes for the wounded and much more.
While Soldier’s Angels offers the same ability to support a soldier as Adopt a Soldier, Soldier’s Angels other programs work well for groups who wish to find a way to support groups of soldiers. This is accomplished through collecting gifts, making blankets, baking, and getting involved in other collective activities that may benefit more than one soldier.
I like to work with Soldier’s Angels because they connect you or your organization with soldiers from your state or region. That’s not a requirement, but it is often an incentive to encourage corporate involvement in organizational soldier support or adoption. The Church I attend has experienced tremendous support and outpouring of love and gifts when we have participated in the local Soldier’s Angels program.
Alternative – Adopt a US Soldier You Know
Adopt A US Soldier and Soldier’s Angels receive rave reviews and thanks from the troops,but there are other ways to adopt a soldier and show your support for the U.S. military.
Most of us are touched in some way by the massive US deployment of troops all over the world. When I know an individual who is deployed I prefer to take it upon myself to adopt them as my personal soldier. Of course, troops appreciate getting cards, letters, and care packages from people they know back home. It’s easy to keep the love and support strong by encouraging soldiers you know.
In turn, soldiers most often share their care packages with bunkmates or roommates. It never hurts to throw in a handful of Christmas cards or birthday cards.
Adopting and Supporting a Soldier Rewards Our Troops and Your Heart
Be assured that when you adopt a soldier, whether through an organization or on your own, it is an act of support and encouragement which helps keep our men and women in uniform going when the going gets tough. It is immensely rewarding when you find out how much your support means to even one soldier.