Welcome to Adopt A US Soldier

Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Staffed fully by volunteers, AAUSS has helped thousands of soldiers find friendship, support, and a much loved and needed touch of home.

Adopt A US Soldier is active in over 170+ countries/ territories/ independent states with over 1,000,000 active volunteers supporting our troops by adopting a soldier. It is very easy to do and more rewarding than you can imagine, and you will show a soldier that you support them and cherish your freedom. We ask that you send your soldier a weekly letter or postcard for long term adoption because a letter is like a hug from home!!

                                                          Your support makes a difference!



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Happy 12th Anniversary to Us

Happy 13th Anniversary to AAUSS!

Yes, we are turning a year older and still growing strong. We thank our many supporters from around the United States and world for helping to share funny stories, their daily lives and care packages with our deployed troops.

We thank our service members for EVERYTHING. The sacrifices they give each day home or deployed.

Our mission: To honor active US military personnel, Adopt A US Soldier is a 501c3 volunteer-based organization that connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to the brave men and women serving our nation and the world.

Finally, we thank our donors who allow us to send additional items such as board games, sporting equipment, healthy snacks, hygiene items, reading items and much more.

Enjoy some words from our troops and thank you for helping AAUSS continue to grow!

AAUSS President

“Thank you for all the boxes letters and gifts my schedule doesn’t always permit for me to have time to respond but I want you all to know you are the reason I do my job so thank you so much for all of your support!”

“Thank you so much for the support, this is my first time signing up for this program and I am so happy! I am extremely grateful and can’t even put into words how wonderful everyone has been. I am absolutely receiving the support from a few different people so far and everyone has emailed or sent cards and packages! This is a wonderful experience and I’m very excited to be able to participate in it. Thank you so much!”

“Thank you so much for the care packages! It was more than enough and my troops benefited a lot from the things that were sent. I am good to go on care packages as of now and probably for a while. You guys made our day and Holiday that much better. I Will be here for a year and looking forward to the joys of your support. Thank You again from the bottom of my heart!”

“I just want to say this program is amazing, the people you assigned me have been wonderful. they are very caring and supportive and that is what you need when you are deployed. I just want to thank you for such a great program. thank you”

“Just wanted to give you feedback on my experience with Adopt a Soldier. The response has been amazing, and inspiring. To hear some of the sponsors stories, inspire me to hang in there and be strong. Very patriotic, and carry on our countries pride. The kind words and gestures are very appreciated by me and my troops. ”

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The story of Adopt a US Soldier in Video

The story of Adopt A US Soldier as told by Ann Johnson, the founder.

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Service Members: Wonder About Our Program?

One of our Board of Directors was once in your boots. He has written a letter we wanted to share with you.

Dear Fellow Soldiers,
As someone who has been in your boots, I’d like to tell you what AAUSS is and what it isn’t. I’ve been where most of you are at…far from loved ones, working tremendously long hours to accomplish Herculean missions, often with little sleep, comforts, or even much thanks. So first, on behalf of every American back home, let me give you my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. You are the ones putting your lives on the line and sacrificing so deeply for those of us back home. Given the recent drawdowns in Afghanistan and other spots around the world, you may think that America has forgotten that right now, at the very moment you’re reading this, soldiers are continuing to sacrifice so much for the sake of freedom. Let me assure you, however, that literally MILLIONS of patriotic Americans are standing behind you and standing ready to help you. You and your comrades out on the front lines are the threads woven into our nation’s flag and a tremendous number of caring people are eager to support you during this challenging time.
There are several important points about AAUSS that you need to understand, about what it is and what it isn’t. First of all, what it is not: a dating site. If you are looking for romance please look elsewhere, as there are no shortage of online opportunities out there to find companionship of the romantic type. My experience with AAUSS has been that the vast majority of sponsors are “family” type of people who are commonly married, widowed, or entire families eager to support soldiers just like you. When they selflessly volunteer to become a sponsor they are informed of what is appropriate and non-appropriate interactions between them and the soldier they adopt. Inappropriate communication that is not consistent with AAUSS’s mission of “connecting supportive civilians with deployed troops to communicate encouragement and gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces” is to be reported to the volunteers who selflessly run the organization. You can be removed from the program for inappropriate behavior so please act with the professionalism our country expects of its service members.
Another important point to understand is that so many people are EAGER to help! When I was deployed and adopted by several AAUSS sponsors, I often felt that I was imposing on them. That when I asked for care package items that I felt a bit guilty and refrained from asking for things that I truly did need. Trust me: these people are so very willing and WANTING to help you! That is the reason they signed up to adopt a soldier in the first place: they care and they want YOU to know that you are cared about. Currently there are more people who have signed up to adopt soldiers than there are soldiers waiting to be adopted. So please…let these great AMERICANS SUPPORT YOU AS YOU SERVE SO SELFLESSLY FOR THEM!
You doubtlessly know of a brother or sister in arms that could use some support. I’d encourage you to tell them about Adopt A US Soldier so that they too can feel supported. I personally decided to “be adopted” during a very dark and difficult time during my deployment…and I can’t tell you the hope and encouragement I felt when I heard my name being called during mail call. Think about those “sharing your foxhole” who could benefit from hearing their name called or to sink their teeth into a cookie made with love from those back home in the country they are fighting to defend.
Thank you, my brothers and sisters in arms. You are fighting for all of us back home and there are so many of us here eager to show you that you are supported. Thank you for answering our country’s call.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Steve Osterholzer


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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!
At Thanksgiving, we enjoy time with friends and family and think about the many things we are thankful for during this time of year. I want to take moment to say thank you to so many:

*Thank you to the volunteers of AAUSS who work full-time jobs and have families, but find the time each day to continue to answer emails, help with adoptions, assist with Facebook and forums and so much more.

* Thank you to our supporters for the support to our deployed troops overseas with letters and/or packages. In addition, we appreciate your patience and kindness during our busy times of the year like now. And, thank you, for the wonderful ideas you add to our page to help others.

* Most of all THANK YOU to our men and women in uniform. The sacrifices each hero makes including deployments ....a simple thank you does not say enough. We appreciate and support you!

I’d also like to share some thank you words from our troops! Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
AAUSS President

“I can’t say enough good things. Me and my people are overjoyed with the things you were gracious enough to send us.”

“Thank you to you and the family’s you set me up with. It was a great help to me getting through the deployment being away from my family and loved ones. It is great knowing there are so many wonderful people out there eagerly waiting and wanting to help service members.”

“Am thankful for this program and the people that make it come to life, I been in contact with two great supporters that write me often and cheers me up. I don’t reply as much as I want to do to some restraints here, but am happy always to receive mail from them. Thank you for this great service”

“I would like to thank you and the AAUSS program for adding an element of joy to my deployment. Two of my “adopters” stay in regular contact with me and have sent/or are sending me a care package. It has been a great opportunity for me to engage with citizens who are passionate about assisting service members. In addition to what they send, I enjoy reading their emails and making new connections.”

“Everything is going great because yall keep giving people who really care and makes this deployment a lot better. Thank you.”

“Thank you so much for your volunteers who have been sending me/us care packages. They have been right on time & just what I/we needed!”


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AAUSS has joined AmazonSmiles, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. If you shop on Amazon, why not help us to support our troops overseas?

All proceeds go towards the support of our troops through AAUSS-sponsored care packages.  As Adopt A US Soldier is fully staffed by volunteers, your donation will go towards the giving our deployed troops the support they need and deserve.

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Your support makes a difference.