Moms of Military is an organization of women related to anyone actively serving in the military. MoM will mail letters from individuals to U.S. servicemembers overseas, who then distribute letters to comrades who may not be receiving mail from home.
Write your letter to a member of a specific military branch and place it in an envelope marked for that branch. Place it in a larger envelope and mail to:
Moms of Military
18637 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
The military services still do not accept mail addressed to “Any Servicemember.”
DoD Mail Policy
Department of Defense News Release
March 22, 2003
Troop Support Mail Policy Stressed
To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to servicemembers forward deployed unless you are a family member, loved one or personal friend.
On Oct. 30, 2001, the Department of Defense suspended the “Operation Dear Abby” and “Any Servicemember” mail programs due to force protection concerns. While these programs are excellent ways to support friends and loved ones stationed overseas, they are also an avenue to introduce hazardous substances or materials into the mail system from unknown sources. Unsolicited mail, packages and donations from organizations and individuals also compete for limited airlift space used to transport supplies, war-fighting materiel, and mail from family and loved ones.
Recently, DoD has become aware of organizations and individuals who continue to support some form of the “Any Servicemember” program by using the names and addresses of individual servicemembers and units. These programs are usually supported by well-intentioned, thoughtful and patriotic groups who are simply unaware of the new risks facing deployed military forces. Some individuals and groups publicize the names and addresses of servicemembers, ships or units on Web sites with good intentions. The result, however, is a potential danger to the troops.
DoD cannot support creative and well-intentioned efforts that defeat force-protection measures, but can instead recommend alternatives to mail and donation programs. To show support to troops overseas, the following are recommended:
Log on to the following Web site to contribute greeting cards, virtual thank-you cards or calling-card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones:
Visit Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteer your services to honor veterans who served in past conflicts.
Mail from family members and loved ones has always been encouraged, and the military mail system will continue to work hard to get that mail to servicemembers overseas.