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!



Service Member? Curious About Our Program? Read the letter below.

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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USPS Deadlines for Holiday Shipping

It’s that time of year to start thinking about getting those packages out in time to cheer up our troops overseas. Remember, if you are only wanting to send a one time care package or part of a large group wanting to support our troops, please click on Project Frontlines. Our other program requires a 6 to 12 month commitment.


For more details from USPS, click here.

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What is Project Frontlines?

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH PROJECT FRONTLINES! Here is some more information about it.

Project Frontlines is for large groups and individuals who wish to send a ONE time letter or care package to a platoon/unit in need. These troops typically have limited supplies and many are experiencing overcrowding. Any amount of encouragement and help is very much appreciated. These platoons/units are changed out daily or weekly depending on the amount of supporters who sign up and they are meant to be supported ONE time. These soldiers are also signed up individually with AAUSS so they will receive long term support from their individual supporters. The more support the better!! Thank you for supporting Project Frontlines!


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Thank You to Our Many Volunteer at AAUSS

I want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to the volunteers of AAUSS.

Did you know that no volunteer of our organization gets paid? Each volunteer has their own personal and professional lives but their hearts are here to support the troops just like you. We have people “on duty” each day for Facebook, forums, and admin.. These amazing women and men find the balance to be here to keep AAUSS moving towards 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.

So, as our busiest season begins, please be kind.  We may take longer to receive your first or additional adoption along with a response from emails, private messages and such. Without these wonderful volunteers, we would not be where we are today.

Gina, Tura, Shannon and Caitlyn spilt the week to handle adoptions and answer your many emails through webmaster.

Miss K, Sarah, Monz and Lisa assist with the many topics, private messages and responses on our forums.

Jamie, Ashleigh, Carol and Brenna are here on our Facebook posting and answering your comments and private messages.

We have many more volunteers in other roles, but these ones are the ones you see each day.

We welcome you to our AAUSS family and appreciate your kindness to those behind the scenes. In the end, we are here to support the many men and women who will be deployed from home this holiday season.

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New to the AAUSS Program?

Make sure you are signing up for the correct program!

Project Frontlines is a one-time support opportunity to a unit overseas requesting support. This is a great option for those who want to send some joy and appreciation over the holidays.


Our Adoption program is a long term committment to support a service member for the duration of their deployment (~6-9 months). We do ask that you send weekly letters through the mail while “your” soldier is deployed.

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Few Words From Our Troops

****A Few Words From Our Troops***

We have gotten some great feedback this month - thank you to all of our supporters for the awesome job you are doing supporting these guys and ladies!!!!
“I just received another package from my supporters today! We had a few missed emails due to my strict GOV work-related account, but I have corrected that by adding the supporters as contacts. Aside from that, it is great being able to communicate with people from all over the World. Them giving us a glimpse of their lives and the freedoms we are protecting is really an eye-opener to several of my co-workers! It is a tremendous honor to serve our great Nation! For everything you ALL do in support of us, THANK YOU!”
“I have received nothing but outstanding support from all of your volunteers that has been assigned to me. They have either emailed me or have sent me actual personal letters, which are great. I responded to all of their emails, and letters, except for one, in which I will be sending a response next week. I have been busy the
last couple of weeks due to our missions, but your supporters are great, in which I definitely extend my gratitude.”
“Everything has been great so far. Sometimes I don’t have the internet access that I’d like, so it makes getting back in touch with you all difficult. I do appreciate what you all have done for me and it’s nice to know that we are appreciated. We don’t always get the appreciation that we need, even from our loved ones at home.”
“Our experience has been wonderful! Such helpful and caring volunteers.”
“You matched me up with some incredible people….The packages everyone sends light up my face and the guys in my unit love when I get packages from them because they know some goodies are in them. I’ve told everyone, actually our supervisor turned us all on to the idea, and some of the guys are part of this great AAUSS journey as well.
Thank you all so much for setting aside time to make sure we’re reminded of the joys of home. With technology how it is it’s still fairly easy to communicate to loved ones, but having complete strangers love and support you is just the icing on the cake. You, and your team, are forever in our debt. We love you all.”
“I’m doing great and am getting everything I need thanks to you and your volunteers, you guys are the best and have made this deployment so much better, and easier to deal with.”
“I must say that the support has been incredible. It is such a surreal feeling receiving a package from someone back home and reading their letters and pictures they send, all the love and support. It really makes the guys here just feel different. We are trying to get a photo together so we can send it but it has been rather difficult since our mission times vary but I promise we’ll get you one! The supporters have been nothing but awesome. They have written and have shared their pictures. They truly are wonderful persons. I must thank you for everything you have done for us. I know my guys are really appreciative of everything they have done. You can see it on their faces when they get a letter or a package.”

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Your support makes a difference.