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Adopt a Soldier for the Holidays!

As Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner… I want to remind everyone of a program that often gets forgotten.

Many areas where there is a military base have a program called “Adopt a Soldier” for the holidays.  We have hosted a couple Marines for Thanksgiving, and it is great.  I am told that the Army, Navy and Air Force have similar programs.

In short, this is where you give a soldier who is away from his or her home, the chance to have a holiday dinner with a family and to share the day with you instead of in the barracks or on base.

I encourage you all to look into this.  I can promise you that this will make them and you feel great.  I also recommend giving them a calling card as a gift.  You can also let them use your phone to call home and talk to their family as well.

I hope that the few of you that are reading this will contact your local base and see if they have this program.

Thanks.

Samuel Wright
Writer / Father / Listener / Philosopher
I am a starving writer living in the backwater of California, in a place known mostly for Buck Owens and Valley Fever called Bakersfield.

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5 Comments

  1. Grant

    great idea, if we are home for the holidays i will look into it

  2. ali

    where do i go to do this my family is all military and we would love to do this

  3. Was there a particular branch you were interested in hosting?

    I would suggest that you start by contacting your local recruiting depot or base. If you have a base nearby, all and ask for their PR (Public Relations) Liaison. They will be the best way to start and will probably be happy to help you or point you in the right direction.

    Don’t stop with just the big four (Army, Navy, Air Farce or Marines), look at the local Army National Guard, Coast Guard or Air National Guard. Those guys need the support too… even if I like to make fun of them. 😉

    I hope this helps… Let me know if there is anything else. And thanks for visiting my site, I always appreciate visitors and REALLY like subscribers!!! 😉

  4. Ramona Burnette

    I would love to adop someone for the holidays, to show how we are thankful to have men and women doing a great job.

  5. Ramona… I certainly encourage you to look into doing this. Find one of your local bases or recruiting depots. Many times they will be able to put you in touch with a person who would be happy to join your family for the Holiday dinner.

    The only caveats to these visits, though, are that you cannot serve the soldier Alcohol and you need to get them back to their base on time. The last rule… make them feel at home and part of the family.

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