For the fourth year in a row, letters, post-cards, pictures, drawings and personal notes are being collected for the Medal of Honor Mail Call.
Last year, more than 12,000 people set time aside from their busy days to write personal letters to recipients of the nation's highest award for valor. Postmarked from all 50 states, some came in American flag envelopes, written at kitchen tables and desks, from homes and offices. Some were penned in class, from elementary to high school; at least one wrote from prison.
Each one contained a personalized message sent from a complete stranger to a Medal of Honor recipient of their choosing.
Organized by Janine Stange, a motivational speaker and the first person to sing the National Anthem in all 50 states, this year she's partnering with the National Medal of Honor Museum.
“In this day and age when many Americans do not know a single active duty or retired service member, the Medal of Honor Mail Call provides a simple way for everyday Americans to learn from and connect with those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” Stange said in a press release.
The deadline to mail out letters is March 18, so as long as it's post-marked by then, your note will make it to a recipient of your choice.
To send a letter to a specific recipient, you can go to to the National Medal of Honor Recipient Database for a detailed list of living Medal of Honor recipients. In terms of what to send, the campaign has a tips section with suggestions and examples of what past participants have done.
To participate in the campaign, letters should be mailed out by the March 18 deadline and sent to:
National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation
ATTN: RECIPIENT’S NAME(S)
1905 East Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76011
Additional instructions for how to participate in the Medal of Honor Mail Call can be found here.