How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Military Service Member
Our military members work hard for us; honor them with a letter of appreciation.
This guide helps you touch the lives of military service members with your genuine, original letters that will be treasured forever. It includes everything relevant for this writing theme from the author’s comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special.
Just follow these five steps—Plan It!, Write It!, Package It!, Present It!, and Enhance It!—to enjoy the process and share the appreciation.
Discover these valuable tools:
- How to honor a military service member on such special occasions or circumstances as basic training and graduation, active service to country, service above and beyond the call of duty, condolences, honorable discharge, military retirement, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day
- Over 350 powerful words to help you describe a military service member, organized into five demographic lists
- A selection of the best inspirational quotations to enhance your letters
- A variety of sentence jumpstarts in case you need a boost.
- Active service to one's country. If you're a family member writing to a service member whose duty circumstances are unknown to you, exercise good judgment in what you say. Be upbeat as you write about what's going on at home, barely mentioning things he or she might worry about. Express assurance that you'll all get by. Mostly convey your pride for his or her serving the country while you show confidence your service member will do well. Mention that you miss him or her and you'll keep thoughts of your service member in your prayers. Send your love and, if it's feasible, promise to send homemade food.
- Military retirement. The retirement ceremony is a personal highlight in the service member's career.... If you're a friend or family member who is writing a letter of congratulations, cite and compliment the retiree on the accomplishments you know took place during the 20-year career. Express your appreciation on a job well done servicing the country and in having had a well-thought-out career plan from the start. If you have been able to observe the family and have seen that the service member has treated them well, it would be appropriate to compliment that behavior as well.
Together we can change the world, one heartfelt letter at a time. Use this guide to get started now!
Here's what John M. Adams III wrote about this guide:
As someone who spent only 5½ months on Active Duty and the remaining 5½ years in the Army National Guard, I found] How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation a great resource. It is not only inspiring but I would hope it could be the “Bible” on how to thank and acknowledge, in written format, men and women who have served our country both on active duty and in retirement.
There are many times in our lifetime when we would like to write and acknowledge both privately and publicly these service personnel but are unsure just how to do it correctly. Many of us are at a loss as to the proper words to use and our minds “go blank” when we think of this task. Well, wonder no more because in this guide every detail you wanted, and those you never thought to ask, will show you the way. Smith’s words and phrases are perfect.
This book really made me pause and reflect about how I should thank these folks for serving our country on a daily basis. Even if you never have to write such a letter, this book will make you realize how important these military personnel are to our society.
The narrative of this book is quite professional. It is obvious to the reader that the author spent a lot of time researching and thinking about how to write such a moving tribute on such a personal matter.
My hope for this book would be that it would be Standard Operating Procedure for anyone wishing to thank our military personnel, both on active duty and retirement.