When our loved ones are away at Boot Camp or Basic Military Training, we want to show our love and support by keeping a steady stream of letters (or emails if you use Write2Them) coming their way. I know the whole idea of a blank piece of paper or an empty email with only the TO and From fields filled in is intimidating, but don’t be afraid..your Airman, Soldier, Guardsman, Sailor or Marine will be so happy to hear from you!
If you’re committed to writing letters to your loved one at basic training every day, as many of our customers are, or you simply want to send just one letter a week, this article is for you.
The most important thing is simply to write to your loved one at Basic Training and keep your letters positive. You don’t have to write long letters; short little notes or random thoughts that come to you throughout the day are perfect.
You don’t have to be creative to get a short note out to your loved one. Remember all news from home is new to them!
Here are eight more ideas that you might put in your letter (or email) to your son, daughter, grandchild or spouse while they are at Basic Training.
1) Updates on their hometown sports teams (high school, college and pros) will give you plenty of ‘newsy’ items to share! Most national and local newspapers publish their papers on the Internet and many times you can simply ‘copy and paste’ the text.
2) Stories about your day, what the dog did, what brothers and sisters are doing.
3) Photos of family members and pets (no nude photos, please); we don’t want our recruits getting in trouble.
4) Art work from young children in the household.
5) Send jokes…no one needs a smile more than someone going through boot camp or basic training. I like Knock Knock jokes because they are either so corny that you smile, groan and shake your head or you smile and chuckle because they are amazingly clever. Either way your loved one should be smiling!
You can find a nice selection of Knock Knock jokes at http://www.knock-knock-joke.com/ or http://knockknockjokes4u.wordpress.com that are rated P-PG, no need to get your Soldier, Guardsman, Sailor, Airmen or Marine in trouble.
6) Bible quotes and other motivational quotes and stories (I’ll be putting together some suggestions in a later Blog)
7) Each day you probably receive at least one forwarded email from your friends with the latest in cute animal photos or funny cartoons.
8) ALWAYS tell them how PROUD you are of them and their decision to serve our country, how much you LOVE and CARE about them and how much you are looking forward to GRADUATION DAY when you can give them a big hug!
The bottom line is write to them and encourage other family members and friends to write too! When their name is called at Mail Call, they will be excited to get their “Letter from Home”.