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In this 2006 file photo, Bombardier Matt Corbett, from 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, reads some children’s letters received in a package delivered from home, after returning to Kandahar Airfield from Panjawai, Afghanistan during the now closed Operation Archer.
The Canadian Armed Forces is assisting in getting seasonal letters to soldiers stationed overseas this holiday season.
“It’s never easy for a soldier to be deployed overseas, far away from loved ones and familiar surroundings, but it is especially difficult over the holidays,” says Donna Earl, executive director of the P.E.I. branch of the Military Family Resource Centre.
There is a program of free delivery of letters addressed to specific soldiers but there is also a program for letters that will be delivered by the forces at random to any soldier.
Some Canadian soldiers do not have support from their home and receive almost no mail, said Earl.
“Sending a letter to one of these brave men or women is a selfless act that will help to lift the spirits of these soldiers who are away from home during the holidays,” she said.