Whether it is your son, daughter, wife, husband, boyfriend, cousin, brother, sister, mother, father, etc. that is away on a deployment, they all enjoy getting mail. It's a way that they can stay connected to family and friends. The most frequent response we get from the Sailors is that receiving mail from the home front is a huge morale boost!
SASSY is more than 80 moms strong with another 50 SASSY people (classrooms, teachers, civic groups, family, friends and just true blue Americans) who have come together to be a part of Sponsor A Sailor at Sea, Y'all (SASSY). We've made some excellent contacts on the Big E as well as the other ships in her carrier strike group, from the Ship's company to the airwing. And now the USS GHW Bush! Through the Chief's Mess, we receive names of junior sailors who are in need of support - from cards and letters to the occasional care package - and reminded that their service to the country and their personal sacrifices are appreciated, and that someone back home is thinking about that sailor.
Many sailors don't receive much, if any, encouragement from home. Sometimes its because the sailor is truly alone, or is estranged from his family, who may not be supportive of his/her decision to join the military, or perhaps because of the family's financial situation, it isn't possible to send the care packages that make life a little better.
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