Soldiers in Iraq have little contact with their friends and family members back home. Because of this, a nice letter can touch the heart and brighten the day of a weary military man or woman.You can make the letter special in many ways and give a soldier a feeling of home.
Be sure to express your appreciation for the work he is doing. Not everyone is in favour of the war, but it's still nice to let the soldiers know they are appreciated.
Try to be as positive as possible in your letter. Soldiers are already in enough stress, so don't be negative or try to pick fights in your correspondence.
Include photos the soldier can keep with her if you are writing to a friend or family member. This lets her see how her children or town is growing and gives her something to treasure while on duty.
"Adopt" a soldier through an organisation such as Adopt a U.S. Soldier if you don't know anyone personally who is serving in Iraq. You will be matched with someone you can communicate with via postal mail and sometimes even e-mail.
Include a care package with your letter if possible. Some of our little luxuries are not available in Iraq, so it would be generous to send some of the USA to them. Acceptable things include personal hygiene items, books, stationery, packaged foods and CDs. Do not send anything cooked (unless you know the soldier), a package weighing over 4.54kg., pork or pork by-products, alcohol, pornographic material or pressurised items.
Include a return address, even if you are writing to a stranger. Some soldiers do not have anyone at home to communicate with. Therefore, your letter may be a gateway to a great friendship that he is in great need of.