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Any Soldier Inc.

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS AND LIVING CONDITIONS OF OUR SOLDIERS. TO FACILITATE THE DELIVERY OF CARE ITEMS TO SOLDIERS DEPLOYED UNDER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. TO INCREASE THE NETWORK OF SOLDIERS AVAILABLE TO DISTRIBUTE CARE ITEMS. TO UNDERTAKE STRATEGIC PROJECTS TO PROMOTE AND FACILITATE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT WITH THOSE IN THE ARMED SERVICES

Programs: FACILITATING DELIVERY OF CARE ITEMS, INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT THE SACRIFICES MADE BY SOLDIERS, ACTING AS A CONDUIT FOR COMMUNICATION FROM THE TROOPS TO THEIR SUPPORTERS.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Beth2345678

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Evelitza S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. :)

Diane234567

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Carolyn234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kim_23456

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any Soldier provides contact information s members of the general public can support deployed military members with care packages and letters. In the 7 years that I've been using this service, I have sent hundreds of care packages to our men & women serving in varous dager zones overseas. The contacts I have made have enriched my life immeasurably - they are always so grateful for anything and so self-effacing about their service. WHat has touched me most is how so many of them request items for the children in these war zones. Their generosity has helped provde school supplies, warm clothing, toys and sports equipment. They ask and the public always responds with an out pouring of gifts that say as much about the hearts of the people who support this program as it does about the contacts it provides. I will always be grateful to the Horn family for setting up this wonderful website, I always make a point of mentioning it whenever anyone asks me why I'm buying all the snacks and hygiene items I send over. I figure that the more people who know, the more support our military will receive. Bravo Zulu to Any Soldier!

Bridget M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great charity because it helps soldiers get a direct link to people wanting to support them. I know a lot of people support and want to help our troops overseas but have no idea what they need or even how to get supplies to them. Any Soldier has provided the much needed link and brightened both the volunteer's day as well as the soldiers'.

Darby N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anysoldier.com is a very user-friendly site that allows you to select a deployed group to support. You can select your contact by several different criteria - including which branch of service, male/female, country they are in, country they are from, what supplies they are requesting, etc. Once you request and get their address (which is almost immediate), you can begin sending letters or packages. The website offers assistance by having sections on what to send, how to ship it, what is banned, etc. Even if you've never shipped to an APO/FPO address before, you will know what you're doing once you read everything.

Kristine S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anysoldier.com is a wonderful site. You receive immediate reply's when you request an address. I have been sending packages thru this site for 5 yrs and have never had a package returned. That is amazing considering how often our troops move around. They work very hard to keep things updated. Loved the information provided for first time users. Easy to undestand what not to send, what the guys and gals need and how to pack it. Those who run this site are completely focused on taking care of our service men and women! LOVE IT!

Barbara2345678

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any Soldier is an organization that uses its website, www.anysoldier.com, to match up volunteers in the military with civilian volunteers. The military folks are all serving in harm's way, and they volunteer to distribute letters and care packages to people in their unit. The civilian volunteers commit to sending letters and care packages for distribution.

When I started sending packages through Any Soldier, I was simply amazed at how humble the soldiers were - how simple their requests. Basic items that I take for granted on a daily basis - shampoo, shower gel, snack food - these were on their wish lists! And letters. I learned so quickly how important the letters are. I've become a much better letter writer in the past few months!

Imagine how excited I was when I heard from the first soldier I had sent a package to. I received a thank you card signed by her and all the troops she represents. I was absolutely thrilled - it was like birthday and Christmas all rolled into one.

This is an absolutely fantastic organization. It's extremely well-run, with the soldiers' safety and security as the top priority. I am proud to support Any Soldier!

Jen_2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Anysoldier.com we located a soldier in need of a few things from home to make his deployment a bit more bearable. At times his unit is short on food, hygiene items and basic supplies. With every package we ship, he knows he is covered in appreciation by some random American family that wants him to know he is making a difference. We frequently peruse Anysoldier.com for other soldiers that need things that we find on sale or have great coupons for products they need. It's such a good feeling to provide for our troops. Many times they are on food rationing, their female soldiers are in need of feminine supplies because the local PX runs out quickly, they need soap and hand sanitizer and other hygiene items because of the same reason. Anysoldier.com provides us with suggestions on what to send, what our shipping deadlines are, gives us opportunities to provide moral support and makes sure we know the guidelines. We are extremely appreciative of Anysoldier.com for giving us the opportunity to be of service to soldiers who wouldn't have care packages from home. The website is organized extremely well and the webmaster keeps the information locked down so our soldiers info is sent only to requesters that are legitimate. They also limit how many addresses you can request in a day and in a month knowing that you can't possibly provide appropriately for lots of soldiers. As for our family, our soldier sends us emails and keeps us in the loop on his needs, asks for things for troops around him that aren't receiving anything from home and makes sure we know how he is doing. Sometimes he is on Facebook and we chat back and forth and he loves to hear the normalcy of a family at home and especially loves it when we're watching baseball and can give him a play by play report. His mom has contacted us and you can feel her tears of joy that we are helping her support her son and his effort during his deployment. Thank you AnySoldier.com for helping us help a soldier!

Teresa234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any Soldier Inc. has given me the opportunity to show my appreciation to our troops. Whether I am sending letters or care packages I know I am making an impact in someone's life. I am on a very limited budget but since I can gather items for packages at my own pace, I can contribute without any financial strain.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is the most practical and useful troop support program I belong to. (I'm also a member of Soldier's Angels) Thru the "anysoldier.com" program I've been able to send over 400 care packages (since 2004) to various troops fighting throughout the world. Thru the info on the website I've learned what specific units need as well as how to package those items adequately: no deodorant with toothbrushes or food and use 2 ziplock bags on anything that might possibly leak! Via the program, I've sent everything from multiple 35 lb boxes of spaghetti with cans of spaghetti sauce to hungry troops in the mountains of Afghanistan to dust masks and feather dusters to National Guardsmen in Ar Ramadi Iraq. Thru the program, I even found a high school friend of my nephew who saw one of my "any Marine" letters posted near his unit in Iraq; my family was able to support him as a result during his deployment.
Because the leadership of the program is "hands on" in keeping in contact with all the recipients, we supporters have accurate, up-to-date information on addresses and logistical needs for those recipients. That saves us supporters money by not having boxes returned to us for bad addresses as well as helps the troops to what they need on a timely basis, not what we guess they need.
I've never been in the military and didn't have a clue as to how I could help our military forces who are protecting us. This program has allowed me to do that. It has "put a face" on our troops and provided insight into their lives while they are deployed. I have sent packages to some of the 87 casualties supported by the program and I still cry when I re-read their emails and letters I've saved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any soldier, Inc. gives people the opportunity to support our troops, who otherwise might not know how to go about showing our gratitude for all they do. We get to hear the stories you won't hear in the news - stories directly from our troops. You can make an inpact in the life of individual military members and whole groups. You can remind them they are not forgotten. I can take pride in my efforts because I know they mean something.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AnySoldier.com is a fabulous organization. I have helped over 100 Warriors who are deployed or have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marty and his team are totally 110% dedicated to their cause

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AnySoldier.com is the most addictive thing I have ever signed on for in my life. Shopping for the goodies and writing the letters is wonderful but when you get that first "free mail" in the mailbox from one of "your" soldiers...it is an awesome feeling! Knowing that we are helping them by doing such a relatively small thing is great. I don't know if the soldiers or even the Horn's know how much this site does for the volunteers as well. It's a great charity and it makes you proud to be an American.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Technically I am a donor volunteer. After many years of donating items to other organizations for packages to be sent to the military I found anysoldier.com. I absolutely love the organization and the website. The Horn family has gone above and beyond in support of our troops stationed in harms way. Their dedication to this cause is truly astounding. I love the website. It is so easy to use to access address information for soldiers. I have been using the sit for a year now and ave been able to send out multiple packages and hundreds of letters with great ease. The Horns take the time to read and repond to emails giving great information for anyone who is unsure of what to do or how to start. I have shared the any soldier information with my daughter's 4H groups and now they are sending letters and packages too. It is great to see so many young people get actively involved in supporting our service men and women. Any soldier makes it very easy for anyone of any age to send their support.