Morale Mail Matters
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.
Mail’s Effect on Morale
An interview with postal clerk Corporal Ben Magiera about the mail's effect on morale.
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“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.