Getting Started

Writing a letter/card is easy! It can be short or long. Many veterans love to recieve cards that simply thank them for their service. If you want to write something longer...feel free! Many residents enjoy hearing about your life and stories! They also love drawings and artwork from kids. 

Letter 

Example:

Dear Veteran,

     I just wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate your service. I heard that the Veteran homes have had to restrict outings and visits to protect the residents. I wanted you to know that I was thinking of you. I imagine it is hard to be confined.

     I wonder what made you decide to join the military? You must have interesting stories of your service! 

     I have lived in Nebraska for the last 16 years. I am originally from Georgia. Sometimes, I miss the big oak trees with Spanish moss. I watch movies with characters with southern accents so I can feel like I am back home. I have changed my eating habits over the years but I still love anything fried: sweet potatoes, turnip green, hush puppies and peanut brittle. Boy, I could eat a hush puppy right now!

     Nebraska has friendly people like the South. Although it is hard to see smiles now since everyone is wearing a mask. I am hoping that the scientists come up with a vaccine.

     I like to garden. My son started a project donating vegetables to food banks.  We planted double the tomatoes this year. I love the fresh vegetables we get but my favorite things to grow are flowers. I love the bright colors, butterflies, and hummingbirds that they attract.  

     I got a puppy a couple of months ago; her name is Maisey.

We walk around a lake each day. She usually jumps in once or twice during the walk. She is eight months old now. She listens to me MOST of the time.

     I am still trying to get her to leave things alone. If we go for a walk she thinks she is suppose to eat whatever doesn’t belong on the sidewalk. One day mulberries were everywhere and she tried to eat them all. I didn’t mind that ,however one day she tried to clean up all the goose poop. = }

     Thanks again for all you have done for our country.  I appreciate your service!!!

 Sincerely, Shannon 

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Addressing Your Letter 

Please address your letter with the line "Attention: Activities Department/Dear Veteran" at the top. This ensures that the letter does not become lost in the heaps of mail a residency home receives. Then put the address of an interested home( a complete list of homes and their addresses can be found on the "Residencies" page). It is up to you if you want to put a return address. Some residents enjoy seeing where their card/letter is coming from! 

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