Monday, February 16, 2015

Stories for Soldiers

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I believe I've written about writing our brave service people before, but I want to share something related that our writers group is attempting.

Critique Cafe writes short stories to include in our letters to soldiers. We hope it adds to our gratitude and gives them a small, interesting, and hopefully inspiring diversion. This is how it works:

1. We've chosen to send our letters to Operation Gratitude. There are many other organizations sponsoring soldier letters as well. Follow the guidelines for your chosen avenue.

2. We write a letter expressing our gratitude for their service, and include a little about ourselves. It's nice to describe our everyday life that we are free to live because of their sacrifice and many before them.

3. Then we include a very short poem or story written just for them. The content adheres to the same guidelines as required/suggested by Operation Gratitude.

4. We critique each others' stories in our meetings, polish them up and then gather everything for mailing.

This is a new project for our group. My brother-in-law, who just completed 20 years in the Air Force, thinks it's a great idea. "Anything to help them get their mind off things for a minute. Especially the deployed." We may not ever hear of the results, but hopefully "casting our bread upon the waters" will one day be found to have blessed those sticking their necks out for us.

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions or experience with something like this you'd like to share?
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  1. As a former Captain in the US Army I can vouch for the value of a project like this. When I was deployed many men and women never heard a word from home or family. Mail call was a very depressing for the majority of the troops not receiving mail. My troopers would pass around reading material like paperback books until they were dog-eared and the book worn out.

    1. Thanks Jimmie, we hope it will be a blessing. Thanks for your service, by the way.

  2. What a wonderful idea! I wish you'd posted a way for us to participate.


  3. Jody, what a wonderful idea! I can only imagine the joy our service men and women feel when they receive not only a letter, but a little surprise just for them. Way to go!