If you're looking for a way to help our troops, one of the easiest ways is to send a letter! Everyone loves getting letters, and the troops especially do, I'm sure, because they're so far away from home! The great thing about this organization is that you don't do any of the work. All you have to do is fill out some information and type out what you'd like to be in the letter and they'll send it for you. You can fill out the form here. It's free, but if you're interested in donating, they definitely need money to purchase stamps and such to send these letters!
I recently stumbled upon a trailer for a movie based on the essay written by LtCol Strobl, who wrote about his experience in bringing Private First Class Chance Phelps home home from Iraq after he was killed in action. I thought it was amazing how the people in the film reacted with such gratitude and kindness. If you want to read the essay, you can find it here. One of my favorite quotes from the essay, and a tribute to the bravery of Chance Phelps was this:
"I noticed that he wore six ribbons over his marksmanship badge; the senior one was his Purple Heart. I had been in the Corps for over 17 years, including combat tour, and was wearing eight ribbons. This Private First Class, with less than a year in the Corps, had already earned six."