A lot of people are doing a lot of things to show the soldier’s in Iraq that they are thought of and supported. If you’d like to do something yourself, there are many areas you could consider. Below are ten simple things you can do to show your support or express your opinion regarding our soldiers serving in Iraq.
1 – Send e-mail. There are many sites all over the web that have e-mail addresses for soldiers serving in Iraq. One of the biggest is MySpace.com. There you can find not only e-mail addresses, but blogs and posts by people serving and those sending them well wishes. Additionally, there are sites dedicated exclusively to providing e-mail addresses of soldiers who would like to hear from people.
2 – Send paper mail. While it might involve a little more effort on your part, paper mail is still very much appreciated by solders serving in far off lands. Addresses are readily available on the Internet.
3 – Send CARE packages. Similar to sending paper e-mail, CARE packages are small boxes filled with items you think a soldier might appreciate. Generally, such items people would send are things that the soldier has difficult finding while stationed in a war zone. In general, toiletries are always appreciated, as are grooming aids. These are especially important to soldiers in Iraq due to the extreme heat in the summer when it’s difficult to maintain a sense of cleanliness and maybe even more so to female soldiers due to their specific needs. There are many web sites on the Internet (a few of which I’ve listed below) that can give you not only the address to send your CARE package, but also give you suggestions as to what to send.
4 – Donate to groups. There are literally hundreds of groups out there looking for donations for the troops serving in Iraq. Some collect personal items, others seek to add to protective measures to help with security, others have political motivations, while others yet wish to send home-made items such as scarves. Most groups will take either money or whatever items they are looking for. One thing in very high demand is pre-paid phone cards that allow soldiers to call home.
5 – Write to your Congressman or Senator. You can tell your elected officials how proud you are of a certain soldier for a certain action, or recommend an award or honor be given, or just write about how you feel about the job our soldiers are doing as a whole. Or you can write political missives, or ask your representatives to visit your area to talk about the soldiers serving from your area. The possibilities are very nearly limitless.
6 – Take out an ad in a newspaper. Whether it’s for a single soldier you might know, a group or battalion or a something for the whole of our forces serving in Iraq, you can take out an ad of whatever size you like or can afford to say whatever it is you have to say to the people of your community that might see the ad, regarding our troops in Iraq. Quite often, these ads are clipped out and sent to soldiers serving in Iraq, and are often mentioned as morale boosters.
7 – Write to a soldier’s family. Something not many people think about is the possibility of writing to the families of soldiers serving in Iraq. Whether it be the parents, siblings or spouses of soldiers serving, writing to a soldiers family helps them by letting them know that others are appreciating the effort their son or daughter or spouse is giving while serving in Iraq. It also helps keep morale high among those serving when they hear about such offerings of support from their families.
8 – Post on boards. Just as there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of web sites dedicated to our soldiers in Iraq, there are places where you can post messages voicing your support or opinion. To find, them, you need only type a few words into the Google search box.
9 – Write to those injured. While these soldiers are technically no longer serving in Iraq, the effects of their efforts are sometimes likely to follow them for the rest of their lives. Some soldiers in particular, such as those with head trauma or with limbs missing, need to hear from people to feel like their sacrifice was worth it to us, those that can never know what life will be like for them.
10 – Form a group of your own. Every community has room for a new group. It can be an online community that expresses it’s feelings via a bulletin board. It can be a fund raising group or a group that collects materials for CARE packages. It can be whatever you can imagine, because the ways to support the troops serving in Iraq, truly have no bounds.
These ten simple but meaningful things you can do to show your support for our troops in Iraq are meant to give those of you with who would like to do something meaningful to show your support. Participating in any of these, or others you think of on your own can make a big difference in the level of support for one soldier or many. In addition, doing something will probably make you feel better about yourself as well. If you are someone serving in Iraq, we all over here truly do appreciate your efforts even if we cannot fully comprehend what it must be like for you. If you are someone wishing to contribute in some way, please check out the links I’ve attached to this article.