Operation Appreciation (OpApp) is a program that aims straight for the hearts and minds of our troops and their families; allowing volunteers to make a personal connection with those who sacrifice so much for our country.
In our 2010 survey of military families we discovered that 92% of military family members feel that the general public does not truly understand or appreciate the sacrifices they make. Though we are hopeful that number doesn’t reflect the truth of the matter, it exposes the vulnerability and loneliness of the seemingly forgotten family pillars behind those serving, without whom service would simply not be possible.
Letters of Thanks for Military Families
OpApp encourages and organizes the writing of letters to military families, those in current service and veterans. The writer can choose to write a card to the parent, spouse or child of a military member, or to a veteran of the armed services. All of the recipients will be current members of Blue Star Families. The program effectively bridges the gap between the civilian and military communities that otherwise leaves families feeling isolated. By offering direct communication of our feelings and our gratitude, we don’t just support, we uplift.
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