How to Adopt a Soldier

U.S. soldiers standing in waiting room.
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Adopting a deployed soldier in the US Armed Forces shows your appreciation for all they do to fight and protect the freedom of the United States of America. The adoption usually consists of a commitment to write and send care packages. Sign up through an organization that will match you with a soldier to get started.

Visit the websites of organizations such as Adopt A US Soldier, Hugs for Our Soldiers or Soldiers’ Angels, all of which specialize in matching soldiers with volunteers willing to adopt them.

Read through each site to see what they require for participation. Some organizations require a letter a week, while others require two a month. Care packages are also required as part of the programs.

Select an organization that matches your level of commitment and your needs. Apply to adopt a soldier. Fill out the application with your contact information and answer any interview questions.

Wait for confirmation and a match from the organization. Some agencies require you verify your email address. The confirmation process takes 24 to 48 hours. Write your soldier and send a care package.

Caroline Baldwin, a corporate communications director located in South Carolina, began writing in 1998. Her work has been published in publications across the United States and Canada including Rolling Stone, Boating Life, Waterski and Wakeboarding magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from The College of Charleston.