Currently the site states down for maintenance with no date as when to resume. I need to check status of 2 military personnel to be sure not to send packages if they are no longer there. The site advises to always check status prior to mailing in case the service person has a change of command. it would be helpful if the administrator could have those requesting items that they in sizes would specify what sizes and how many needed ie: socks, thermal undergarments etc.
To bad I was going to send packages. My father did 20 on an aircraft carrier so i know what these guys go through. The reason I decided against doing it through this website is because of the owner Marty. Reading everything he wrote it's ignorant and makes a person feel like it's very easy to mess up and get in trouble. The way he says things and the way he wrote it tells me he may as well be yelling at you. To bad I wonder how many decide not to donate because of MARTY. on top of everything else I don't agree with his salary from this nonprofit. To bad
After I was blocked from requesting addresses from the website, after giving a donation for each address requested, I emailed Marty, the founder, to ask the issue and see if it could be rectified as the website directed. Marty did not respond until the third email and, and after telling me to "talk to your wife", I explained I am a female and not sure what that means. I explained I had read the rules prior to requesting addresses and it stated 10 requests/per family/month. Three members of my family had requested and we were not given addresses even after a donation was made for each one. I apologized for any misunderstanding of the rules and asked if this could be rectified. The last email I received from Marty, the founder, stated, "Sometimes you get what you pay for." Disappointed in the interaction with this organization. The focus and mission should be on our heroes.
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I understand that it takes money to run a website like anysoldier.com, but it seems a lot of the donations used to 'run the site and pay for servers' is going into the owner's pocket via a salary. That's disappointing. What started as a good cause has turned into a business. Two thumbs down. I think it's rotten.
If you want to your care packages/letters to go to the person intended sign up for Soldier's Angels out of San Antonio. You have no idea who the soldier is that you're writing to or if that person is still active duty. The plus is that hopefully that person will "pass on" whatever mail package was sent if it was meant for the group. Any Soldier pushes mailing care packages. Not everyone can afford to mail care packages.
I was involved with AS for a number of years. Donating, time, monies and a lot of love. That all crashed after reading the dollars both Marty and his son collect from the AS site. I found those amounts to be completely out of line. You can review the taxes and incomes through http://www.charitynavigator.org/ Because the Any Soldier Inc. site does not take in 1 million dollars, you must look at their info using unrated category or EIN # 20-1240385 .
Form 990 Revenue Income Amount $241,418
Wages for 3 employees $ 142,729
Assets including in home office, equipment, furniture, etc. $ 45,808
Disheartened supporter-2014 not posted yet but I expect similar findings. :(
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Last year I found out about Any Soldier and sent a 16 oz package to a soldier who was from my state. This year I found out that he had been discharged in 2006! I intend to send a package soon, but I am going to make double sure that the recipient is still in the service!
This site is marvelous and I came to learn about it through a church connection. My connection met the founder, a vet himself, and found that the organization was genuine....It is a fabulously designed website where a donor can select the troops who are to be the recipients, thus establishing a quasi-personal relationship. Supporting our troops is SUCH a worthy charitable activity. I highly recommend people visit the site, select a place to send a package or simply letters to the troops, and remember to donate at least a little something to the site for all the work that the organizer does.
This site is the best. You can send US troops cards during the holidays, tuna, beef jerky, and other food. I always send a letter since the troops like to connect with civilian Americans back home. I've been using it since 2005.
Any Soldier offers the opportunity for everyone to support our military personnel by sending care packages or simply writing letters or sending a card to service members deployed all around the globe. Their website (warning: HIGHLY addictive!) gives you the chance to choose the service branch, the number of servicemen and women represented by their volunteer contacts, the country in which they are deployed, and by reading the contact's posted information, know what items they need. If you are on a tight budget (and who isn't these days?) you can request an address just to send a note of support. The same family has run this website since its inception; donations are requested and appreciated, but not required; and the website offers a forum where supporters can share ideas and ask questions. This charity gives the most variety in levels of support for our military. I've made many lasting friendships over the years, both with other supporters and with military members who have benefited from the Any Soldier community.
I have been a dedicated supporter of AnySoldier.com for several years now. This organization allows us to choose a unit based on size, military branch, home state, and/or ratio of men to women. The postings from the volunteer contacts vary in the depth of information as to what they do and what they need, but they allow us as supporters to choose the units we feel we can best help based on our own resources. Marty Horn runs the site with, um, dare I say, military precision? He is always quick to answer questions and guards his contacts' security like the MP he was. The site provides many extra features to help both the military contacts and the people who choose to help them, including a Forum where the supporters can talk to each other, offer suggestions, pass on tips on what to send, how to send, and where to find good deals on items the units want or need. While I am aware there are other sites that allow us to adopt a single service member, AnySoldier is the only one that allows us to adopt a unit of our choice (of over thousands of volunteers). I label myself a Donor since I do occasionally donate funds to keep the website running, although the most important donations are the items sent to the service members I choose to support during their deployment. As soon as "my" unit rotates back home, I'm right back on AnySoldier to pick out a new unit to adopt.
I found the anysoldier website listed in a July 2012 issue of Woman's World magazine and promptly checked out the site. It was easy to navigate and in less than a week, my son and I have mailed out 3 care packages to troops in Afghanistan. It's so easy to help the troops....you just click on their names and they tell you what they need. I like that we can send their immediate needs and wants directly to them. What a great site and my son and I plan to send at least one box per month out.
I wanted to send Christmas packages to the troops in Afghanistan. I was leery after reading about various scams doing this sort of thing. I took a chance and I couldn't bee more satisfied. I didn't expect to receive correspondence confirming my packages had arrived, but I did! I received six letters from one of the platoons I chose. I chose according to their requests. I send to the Forward Ops positions that do not have immediate access to a base or PX. You can tell how in need these guys are when all they ask for are warm socks and thermals. I will continue to send packages until everyone is back home. God Bless America and God Bless our Soldiers!
This has been the best avenue to support our troops. I've been sending care packages to all services since Nov 2004. It's the best way to reach out to our military guys and gals living in tough conditions in Iraq (B4) and Afghanistan now. I hear occasionally from them and it makes my day. They are the greatest and it's the least I can do for their service to this country!
We discovered anysoldier.com in 2005 in our search to actively support our troops serving in OIF/OEF. From the design of the website (super easy to use!) to all of the up-to-date and accurate information, this site rocks. We have supported numerous units over the years and, even 7 years later, remain in contact w/many of them. With anysoldier.com supplying the names and mailing addresses, we can ensure 100% of our time, money and effort goes directly to the troops. Doesn't get any better than that. I coordinate 'donation drives' at work, local businesses and among friends. This organization definitely is life-changing - not only to us but to the troops. How do we know? Because they've told us... repeatedly.
I got involved with anysoldier.com when a friend of my brother's was deployed in 2008 and posted some needs on there. after he returned home i kept sending boxes to other heroes who posted on the site. anysoldier is a GREAT way to give back to those who serve our country.
I love this organization. You can donate as much or as little as you want with no pressure. Send a letter or a box of goodies to our troops. There are no huge adminstrative fees and when you donate, you know exactly where your money is going. I've been sending boxes for 1 1/2 years now and it is very rewarding and very addicting! A donation to the actual organization goes to running the website. Very honest and straight forward. Support our troops - you won't be sory!
I became a user almost at the onset of AnySoldier.com back in 2003..
To me there is no greater program in my estimation for sending packages, cards & letters to any of our military in harms way.. I have made many a good friend of Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers and members of there families over the years... Having a contact name to choose from the large list makes it so much easier and fun to find someone you want to be in contact with and in many cases a forever friend.. Marty and Sue Horn picked up the baton and ran with it when their son Brian was in Iraq in 2003... He kept asking for packages to be sent for him to share with his buddies who hardly ever received mail of any kind... It became apparent they, family and close friends were unable to supply all of Brian's Company... The light bulb came on for a bright idea..... Thus, AnySoldier.com was sborn... As I remember??? in those days it was first called AnySoldier.US... Later all branches had their own pages to list contacts.. The first was AnyMarine.com..... Since those days so very many of our service members have been on the receiving end of some super packages from great Americans all over the US and also many from other countries have hopped on to add to their pleasure...
To me, there is no better organization for those in harms way to sign on than AnySoldier.com and any branch of the military... It's the only program I use... I have no kids, no family of my own in the military...
But I SURE DO NOW..... Thanks Sue and Marty for making my life so very special.... You are the very BEST! Peggy Kane, Fountain Valley, CA
I have been sending CARE packages through the anysoldier site for about 5 years now. I started out with general toiletries etc and responding to special needs. I found a niche with recording TV shows and so far, that's worked pretty swell. I get a kick out of thinking about the folks opening an envelop and seeing a whole season of American Idol! I've also made some good friends from this site...sometimes we stay in touch after they are finished with their deployment, sometimes after they get out of the service. I'm just packing up some Christmas stockings...kind of a pun....I got some Army socks on eBay and stuffed them with snacks, secured them with red velcro ties and a candy cane. I think every little bit of that be will be used.
My husband and I began sending care packages to our grandson and his team in Iraq in 2004. Then, in 2005, we discovered Any Soldier, and began using their program to locate names and addresses of deployed troops that they listed in order to continue sending care packages. They made it so easy to read the requests of the contacts and then just click on the one(s) you wanted to help by fulfilling their requests or just writing to them. We felt like the contacts were extended family, and appreciated the posted updates so that we could stay current even if we never heard personally from them. - Gran
My husband is home after 3 deployments and we're acutely aware of how lucky we are to have him back... and what it means for the other guys and gals still out there.
Every few months, we send a box of goodies to the troops and the Afghan people as a reminder of our blessings. Anysoldier.com has put us in contact with great soldiers in remote regions who truly need your support. What an awesome program! :)
I obtained information regarding Anysoldier from my grand-daughters school newspaper - 5 years ago!!! My sister and I have been shipping every month since then - usually have 2 groups. I am never in the dark regqarding what to ship and not to ship, or how to ship and have only had great results with the mailing kits. A local Drug store jumped on the wagon 4 years ago and has continued to take donations for us in the small town I currently live in - York, SC. I am not sure WHO is the greatest, Walgreens Drugs or the wonderful people in the town who soooo freely give. Praises to the Horns for starting this site- a real blessing to the supporters and to the troops!!!! Even on a couple of occasions it was necessary to contact Marty, his reply was quick and answered my questions fully! I try to spread the word about this site every chance I get. Thank you Marty for all you do!!!
Thanks to AnySoldier I'm able to support Our Troops when and where they Need it!
The sad fact is that most civilians believe that Our Troops are well provided for and they never go without.
While my son was deployed for his first tour in Iraq, he told me that three other Marines NEVER got ANY mail at all! So I started to send them carepacs when I sent them to my son but once my son got back I knew that there were others in need of support and then I found this site were I'm able to pick Troops that need support. Some people are happy with the yellow magnet on their car but do nothing to support Our Troops! Not Me! Thanks to AnySoldier I can send support to Our Troops where they needed the most. God Bless You! God Bless Our Troops!
Sincerely, Audrey Sharp
This is a class act. Maintained by folks who understand the military because they themselves have served, it is a site that truly serves the deployed men and women. It provides a way (user-friendly, I might add) that we can connect with our troops. We can send them letters and / or packages and are given information up front pertaining to that particular unit's needs. I have been using this site since 2004 and have sent mail to over 300 troops. I have built friendships with a number of them and have been able to support them through multiple tours. I've even gotten to meet three of them in person, which was a great joy. I work in a school and have involved my students in corresponding, as well. What a mutually beneficial endeavor!
been using this site to send packages since 2007 . I love being able to chhose the group I send support to. I have made many cyber friends through the forum and have saved every letter, card and email from the service members who have responded back.
I have been supporting Maines with care packages since the war started. If you do not personally know a Marine, it is very difficult to send care packages for security reasons. This website has bridged that huge gap between combat servicepeople and the general public without sacrificing the security of our warriors
I wanted to do something to give back to our military and found this site... very good site...I cannot believe how many of our military are not home in the states....I have adopted 3 soldiers so far since Feb.. 2011 and will continue through this site because it is easy and very informative..thank you anysoldier.com
Such a great charity. How many of you know soldiers? It sure gets lonely for many of them overseas, especially those without family or friends who write to them. Through this charity we are able to write letters and send care packages to the brave men and women in harms way. What a great idea!
AnySoldier.com is TOPS!! One of the greatest ways to show your support of our troops - select a group from the database and start sending your letters and packages. It's my favorite organization, and so professionally organized. These guys are real pros at getting you connected with any size, any branch of the military, any state !
I'm a supporter over 6 years now. Any Soldier is easy to understand and to use. If I have a question - I get answer and help " in the next minute". Very easy and sometimes witty is in detail is listed about the rules " what to send" How to send" , Where to send... And what is not to send. The way how it's explain make really sense in the simple words without that anybody can feel offended. It's not a bitter dry site - the humor and love is always to read and feel.
It allows to send packages once or more times, also only to send letters of support.
. Any Soldier is like a friendly big family that welcome new people with open arms. Supporters can share ideas and help eachother-, the detail informations are just perfect, like when the APO fopr the unit close, the information emails a supporter get " to not send anything anymore" cause the contact did not response to the Any soldier page. Also that AnySoldier send reminder to the heros. Anysoldier help in so many ways.
AnySoldier.com allows you to "meet" men and women in the US armed services who will distribute care packages, cards and letters that you send to them to other service members who don't often get mail from back home. If you want to honor the extraordinary service of these brave men and women, then consider logging on,, downloading an name and address and sending a package. Each person gives you a list of the men and women under their command and usually a list of items most needed or wanted. Its easy to do and when you see their acknowledgement and response on the website, you'll understand how much you've affected them.
Its a great thing to do with your kids, too, to teach them about the importance of service - the soldiers' service to our country and your small contribution to serving them. My kids and their friends love writing cards and letters for any holiday (Halloween, Christmas, etc.) to the soldiers and marines. They also join me in shopping for them. They love to pick out the "goodies" that go into the care package.
I've used this site for three years and I highly recommend this site to my friends.
This non-profit organization is wonderful to work with. I have had NO problems. Any question I've had was answered promptly.
I have been supporting deployed soldiers through AnySoldier.com since Dec. 2006. By support, I mean, letters and care packages. I decide what to send by what the soldier posts approximately every fifty days. I have sent MANY letters and when I can afford to send a package, I have sent, snacks, socks, magazines, national newspapers, pens, notepaper, and items too numerous to mention....I simply try to send what the soldier has asked for.
I never expect an answer to my letters and support (the soldiers are too busy staying alive in an often hostile environment!). If I do hear from them, I am on cloud nine!!! :-) I drop all other mail to read their letter or email!!!
I have been fortunate to have met five members of the military that I have supported....a real honor!!! One Army soldier was like my own child...he called me mom and I became very close to him. My husband has been supportive of me and my soldier "adoptions"and has even driven me to meet some of them.
I would recommend this nonprofit to anyone...it is NOT a dating service, it is NOT a pen pal service (though often soldiers WILL write back and you can choose soldiers that request pen pals if you want). This is not a political site. This is about support for our individual military members, no matter what your views of the war....I try to figure out ways to put a smile on their faces, because I know that they are often in some tense situations.
I would definitely rate AnySoldier, Inc. with FIVE STARS.....it is simply one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
AnySolider.com has provided me with a wonderful avenue to show support to the troops who sacrifice every day for our freedom! I first became aware of the organization when my daughter's fiance was deployed to Afghanistan (he's still there). He has a lot of support from home and I wanted to offer something to show my appreciation to others who might not have the same support. Hello....AnySoldier!!! The site is so easy to follow, extremely professional and just plain great!
I've done a lot of charity work, but none has fulfilled me like 'Anysoldier.com'. These men are on the front lines, seeing their friends killed or injured; even committing suicide. They need to know that we have not forgotten them. This website is extremely organized and informative; it contains all the information you need to donate to this cause. I have made lasting friends through this program. They are so appreciative of anything and everything I send. I hope my letters have brought them some sunshine.
Any Soldier is a wonderful organization that allows people to show their appreciation for our deployed military personnel. The website is easy to use and offers helpful tips for sending support to the troops. I have supported many through the organization and have made some lifelong friends. Any Soldier is one of the best Troop Support Organizations out there. A big "Thank you" to them for caring about our Armed Forces!!!
Began sending packages overseas as a girl scout project, we have now sent over 20 packages as a family, we developed contacts and friendships to last forever!
I had started using anysoldier after watching the christmas card movie. It is very informative and fairly easy to use. Addresses are good, and the ones that have time respond and seem very happy to get stuff from home. Good outreach site for our troops,and alot better than other similar sites.
Of all the organizations dedicated to supporting to our deployed troops, AnySoldier.Com is nothing less than OUTSTANDING. Their website is easy to understand and navigate. Assistance is always available. And I love that I can personally select who I want to support. I can pick a group from my home town, my state, a specific branch of the military, a speciific location in the world, the size of the group, and if there are males/females/ or both in the group. Their search engine is so powerful, you can search for specific items that are needed or requested. They stress that packages are not necessary, and encourage letters. But for those of us that cannot resist sending packages, the suggestions, information and assistance, is terrific. I can't say enough good things about them!
Im so glad I found Any Soldier Inc. I can adopt sodiers in Afghanistan to send care packages to. I feel im showing my appreciation by doing this. My children also love getting involved, they like coloring and drawing pictures and its such a great feeling to get your first response back.
AnySoldier.com is my go-to resource for names of deployed servicemen and women who I can send packages to in Afghanistan and other places. A ship-shape operation!
Supporting anysoldier should be every Americans Responsibility, this is a team irresponsibility anySoldier makes this as easy as making you're bed in the morning, can it pass the Dime test ? Anysoldier.com makes the Process of sending we Care letters and packages an america We care theme. So easy all you have to do is select someone to send a care package TO< pay the postage and the military services will get the package to those who need the We care America by anysoldier.com
Sent many dozens of care packages this one site has all the information you need including how to address a care package to get the items to the we care unit or military person.
What are you waiting for send a care package and makes some ones day, do it now at anysoldier.com
When my nephew deployed to Afghanistan, I had no clue what to send to him. When I started researching, I found anysoldier.com. That site helped me learn what and how to ship to him and also gave me a new purpose in life. I now ship to many Soldiers and have been connected to most of them through Any Soldier. It is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to support our Troops.
Any soldier connects the people with soldiers. We are able to get addressses to send care packages or lettters deployes soldiers.
I've been involved with this charity for about 4 years. Never once have I been disappointed in the job that it does to provide the support and comfort of home to our national heroes. By providing a point of contact, thousands of military personnel are served with needed items of food, clothing and other support.
"I needed sheets", one young man wrote to me, " and low and behold...you sent sheets!"
Another one said, " I don't know what my future would have held, had it not been for your love and support."
All of this made possible thru the AnySoldier organization providing the names and addresses to us, the volunteers on the support line.
My son Scott and Brian Horn were stationed together in Italy and Iraq when I became aware of Any Soldier and I think it is an Amazing group that reaches out to support our soldiers with their needs and wants through letter, cards, personal items and snacks while they are away from their families serving our country. I am proud to know Marty, Sue and Brian and I applaud them in their efforts over the years in supporting our military! Everyone needs to get involved and help this group out, you never know how many lives and hearts you will touch! Thank you to the whole Any Soldier group for touching my life!
Anysoldier.com is an AMAZING company! They provide addresses of soldiers that are deployed and give us the opportunity to send encouragement, letters and packages to the men and women fighting to keep us safe. What I love is that I get to choose who I want to send my letters/packages too and I do all the mailing myself. I know that all the work I put into my boxes and letters will actually reach someone and I don't have to worry about if my donation was actually delivered. I'm addicted... I will continue to do this for many many years to come!
Have been with this group for 1.5 yrs. I find it unique & special b/c one of its main goals is to get letters/cards/packages into hands of individual troops receiving little or no mail/support from home; a terrible experience when surrounded by others that do - and in a dangerous place & time. Website is full of HELPFUL information & guidelines; no need to search the net for more info.; it's all here. Support available via Forum & FB page. Come join us! Once you do, it's hard to stop b/c you know you're making a difference - whether in the lives of a group, or 1 soldier feeling alone. Heart-to-heart.
NO worries! We absolutely will continue... :)
Anysolider allows the general public to directly support the troops serving abroad. It feels great to be able to read the stories of the soldiers and send them the items they request.
I have been sending letters and packages through Any Soldier for 3 or 4 years. I love that you can choose your own soldier and are not obligated to send "stuff" on any kind of time-table. You can send just cards & letters if that's all you can afford to do. You need to donate to AnySoldier from time to time to be able to keep receiving names/addresses and I completely understand the reason for that. Whenever you have a question, someone answers it in a timely manner. This organization is an excellent one!!
AnySoldier is a wonderful organization that connects US troops serving overseas with donors and volunteers back home. Many of the troops are in locations without access to stores for supplies and snacks, and many of the donors get "addicted" to the pleasure of sending an envelope or a box filled with good wishes, thanks, and love from home!
This site provides a wealth of real-world resources, advice, tips, and opportunities for us, the general public, to support our troops overseas with care packages and letters. Anysoldier.com takes the safety of the troops seriously, and the Facebook community group is actively read and monitored by the Admin of Anysoldier.com. Active participation is a plus, as members get sound advice, answers to questions, and real-time support. A fine organization, with active involvement in the community, with clear purpose and strong resolve to be good at what they do.
This is what makes this organization a GREAT non-profit....
I had been looking for a website for a while to help support troops and finally found anysoldier.com. I have found this website to be awesome. It is a great way to support our troops overseas with the things they actually need and LETTERS :). This website helps us here in the states to show our love and support to our troops. To complete STRANGERS. God bless. :)
I`ve been using AnySoldier since 2006, and i`ve loved it from the beginning, reading the posts from the contact Soldiers letting us know what they need, want, how they live while on deployment, I cry when they say how much they miss their friends and familes.
I found this site 2 months ago and am totally addicted!! I wanted to find a way to support American troops in harm's way and this site is an EXCELLENT vehicle for doing so. I was able to find a unit deployed to
Afghanistan from my state. I wrote a letter to the soldier contact listed on the site. We have exchanged a few e-mails and I just sent him and his group a care package. I guess the best thing about the site is that there are so many ways to search for a contact and, via the profiles and updates they write, you really get to know and understand their needs, living conditions, etc. and can hand-pick who you decide to send items to so stuff isn't just going to one big organization that "promises" to distribute your goods. Also, I have found the site to be EXTREMELY organized, efficient, informational and safe. I am amazed at the amount of info they handle and, on top of that, personally respond to e-mails!! I don't think I could have found a more effective site!!
Marty and his wonderful group make it possible for us to reach out to our Troops and show them our support! The anysoldier.com website is easy to navigate and one easily finds all the necessary information. I 100% recommend AnySoldier for anyone looking to show their support to our brave men and women!
I have been a supporter for countless years it seems. My family has a long tradition of military support with my father, husband, and now daughter all serving. Anysoldier is great for getting a personal connection established when you don't have a current relative sent overseas. The information on the site is enough to get a 'snapshot' of "your" person without invading privacy or Operational Security. While it would be wonderful to have a regular correspondance with "your" serviceman everyone must start with believing it IS NOT going to happen, just due to the nature of war. So any reply is treated as golden, and the anysoldier forums lets you share that joy with others who understand. And lets you hear 'news' even if "your" contact can't write.
AnySoldier.com supplies contact information for those of us who wish to support soldiers in combat zones. I like to send personal hygiene and snack items to the troops and AnySoldier makes it possible to obtain the information through their website.
The first time I came across the Any Soldier website I was mesmerized by the stories and content. The site is done extremely well, easy to use and the follow-up is immediate. As you read through the wish lists it is virtually impossible to choose just one, but my budget doesn't allow me to pick more than that at a time. I think that Any Soldier is supporting an amazing service for our troops and us at home. I have done other troop support services but this one is the easiest to use, and since you commit at will, it doesn't need to be a hardship.
AnySoldier is one of the best sites I've seen in a long time and the cause is SO worthwhile. The site is well organized, with tons of information and how-to's. There is more than one way to help - send boxes, cards, letters, donate money, etc. This is OUR military and they need to be supported for the sacrifices they make on OUR behalf. I feel that if I can do a little something to brighten THEIR day, then I have made a difference in the life of a soldier. Won't you make a difference too?
I have used Anysoldier.com to adopt deployed military members for the last few years. It is an awesome site that allows our brave men and women to connect with Americans at home who want to support them and let them know we honor them and their mission: to protect American freedom and interests. Addresses and information on what each contact needs are readily available -- actually only a click away! I have received immense pleasure at supporting these brave Americans, and I have not had a single issue with the site. I have recommended the site to others, and will continue to do so. Anysoldier is an awesome organization, and I applaud all they do to support our service men and women.
Knowing that the Horn family has such a deep personal relationship with military personnel makes it feel very family-like. They do this because they care about a deployed person who may not have family support. Our letters become life lines for some and it is a great feeling being able to help someone in harms way.
Marty has a personal connection with each deployed person who signs up. He watches over them on this website. He watches for information that should not be made public (such as location or # of persons at a camp). He keeps it clean and very professional.