History of America's Military Mail

Get Involved

How You Can Make A Difference

“Every time I receive a letter, home doesn't seem so far away”
—Seaman Dang Cho aboard USS Kitty Hawk, 1999
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World War II Veterans of Foreign Wars poster.

Whether or not you are a veteran, educator, student, or have a loved one in the armed forces, there is a way for you to get involved.

If you are a veteran and you would like to donate your letters, the Veteran’s History Project at the Library of Congress is collecting letters and other personal accounts. For a list of more organizations which take donations, go here.

If you are an educator who would like to teach your class about the role of mail during wartime and using letters as primary sources, see topical resources from the National Postal Museum:

V-Mail Classroom Guide about World War II Victory Mail

Maybe you have a family member who is a veteran and you would like to learn about their service. The best place to start is by talking to your family about your loved one’s service. To learn more about researching your family member’s military service, go here for information from the National Archives.

 
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Seaman Cho reads a letter from home.

For helpful tips on preserving letters and historic documents, go here for tips from the National Postal Museum.