From the 3rd Infantry Division Adopt-A-Soldier Program:
This is a grass roots effort to allow citizens to connect directly with one of our 3rd Infantry Division soldiers based at Ft. Stewart near Savannah, GA, while they are in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The program was initiated by then-MG Rick Lynch (now LTG Lynch) and enjoys the support of the current Commanding General of the Division.
When a flight of 3rd ID soldiers leaves Hunter Army Air Field for a combat zone, we set up an Adopt-a-Soldier table at the terminal and offer soldiers an opportunity to sign up to be adopted by a civilian while they are deployed in Iraq. They give us their name, rank, marital status, email address and hometown.
Patriotic citizens who want to support our troops then email us directly to be assigned a soldier with his/her email address.
The sponsor emails the soldier, introduces him/herself and asks for the soldier's APO mailing address in Iraq. The sponsor then sends care packages, emails and letters to the soldier for the duration of his/her deployment.
Many friendships have been established between soldiers and their sponsors.
We send out an occasional update to all the sponsors who have given me their email addresses. This update features items of interest and information for sponsors.