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Morale Mail Matters

USO center in Mayport, Florida, 2009: preparing care packages for deployed personnel.
USO center in Mayport, Florida, 2009: preparing care packages for deployed personnel.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Sunday Williams
USO center in Mayport, Florida, 2009: preparing care packages for deployed personnel.
A soldier in a trench reads mail during World War II.
A letter has the power to transport a deployed man or woman home, if only for a fleeting moment.
Courtesy National Archives.
A letter has the power to transport a deployed man or woman home, if only for a fleeting moment.
Salvation Army worker writes letter for a wounded soldier during World War I.
Salvation Army worker writes letter for a wounded soldier during World War I.
Courtesy National Archives
Salvation Army worker writes letter for a wounded soldier during World War I.
Union soldiers reading and relaxing.
Union soldiers reading and relaxing.
Courtesy National Archives
Union soldiers reading and relaxing.
Jewish Welfare Board postcard
Jewish Welfare Board postcard
Jewish Welfare Board postcard
World War I postcard marked nurse’s mail.
World War I postcard marked “nurse’s mail.”
World War I postcard marked “nurse’s mail.”

Mail gives service men and women a link to the outside world and something to look forward to. For those at home, a letter can bring news that a loved one is well and hopes to come home soon.

The armed forces know that mail gives deployed personnel a morale boost. Receiving a letter or care package helps gives service personnel the determination to get the job done.

“The proper handling of mail is important to morale in any unit—the mail clerk must draw and distribute as fast as possible. The traditional mail call is a big mob scene of boisterous expectant men outside the orderly room or the company headquarters in the field.”
—U.S. Army, Company Duties, 1951

All Together Now

Bringing mail to armed forces personnel around the world is a group effort. The federal government, non-profit organizations, and the business community all play a role in making mail call a reality. The Jewish Welfare Board provided free postcards such as this one to military men and women serving overseas during World War I.

No Stamp Required

Getting postage stamps can be a challenge in a combat zone. The government has implemented several measures to waive pre-paid postage or grant free mail privileges for military personnel in wartime.


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