Something to be Thankful for

ImageThis is Thanksgiving week here in the US. Many Americans are not home with their loved ones, they are serving our country honorably. No matter what you think of any political point, I know this. Service members of every branch work hard to ensure we enjoy our basic human freedoms. They fight the hard fight so that hopefully others may enjoy even a small margin of our freedom. To the service members who are serving our country and without their families this holiday season, I say “thank you”. I am thankful for you and grateful for you and your families sacrifice this holiday season. 

One way for YOU to say “thank you” is to follow the directions or the link below and write a letter to a service member. If your kids are old enough, have them write a letter too. Its great practice while on school break, and Im sure the service members could use a lift!

Write Letters to service members

I.    Letters to Currently Deployed Service Members and Wounded Warriors

II.   Letters to Veterans of Previous Conflicts

III.  Responses from Veterans

IV.  Beautiful Tribute to Veterans



Our troops tell us the most cherished items in the packages are the personal letters of appreciation from Americans. We welcome as many letters as you can provide. We accept letters year-round.

It will only take 5 minutes out of your day to write a letter, but it will bring joy to our troops that will last a lifetime.



Keep your message upbeat and positive Be thankful– share a little bit of yourself Ask questions; however, do not discuss death or killing Avoid politics completely and religious in excess It iss all about appreciation and respect Ask yourself: Will this letter bring a smile to someones face?



-Sample salutations: Dear Hero, Dear Brave One

-Include your own mail or email so recipients can choose to reply


STUDENTS: Use first name only plus teacher’s name/classroom and school address


TEACHERS: Use your name and contact information on students letters

-No stamps or envelopes are needed

-Hand Written letters or cards are most appreciated

-No glitter please

-All letters will be screened – please do not seal envelopes.

-Send multiple letters together in one large mailing envelope or box.

-If you do not receive a reply from a Service Member, do not be discouraged. Remember: Our troops are busy!

Click for:  Letter Writing Flyer and Letter Writing for Teachers



We send special packages to Wounded service members who are recovering in Military hospitals and/or Wounded Warrior Transition Units.  If you would like to send letters specifically for our wounded heroes, please send them in a separate envelope marked: Wounded Warriors.


Operation Gratitude

17330 Victory Blvd

Van Nuys, CA 91406

(Please send Wounded Warrior letters separately and mark as such)

via Write Letters OperationGratitude.

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