Many Central Texans have wondered how to
reach active duty troops overseas or maybe
brighten their days a bit.
Afghanistan and Iraq are just two of the
places where American service men and women are
putting the lives on the line daily.
"A lot of American believe that what you have
here is what you'll have there, and it's nothing
like that, you're going to a third world
country," Staff Sgt. Patricia Cano with the
449th PSB said.
That's why these soldiers say a relatively
new Web site, AnySoldier.com,
is so important to those serving overseas.
"I know corresponding with my parents, there
were a lot of people in my hometown that were
wanting to get all kinds of information. What
can we do? How do we go about doing it? Things
of that nature," Staff Sgt.Robert Hughes with
the 136th RTI said.
Those are exactly the kinds of questions that
are answered at AnySoldier.com. You're shown how
to send mail to soldiers.
"It's the biggest part of your day, getting
mail. When you don't get mail, you're down for
the whole day," Cano said.
"Just like getting stuff from people back
home it made you feel closer to being home,"
Staff Sgt. Carlos Harris with the 449th PSB
AnySoldier.com also shows you how to
communicate with service men and women who get
little to no mail.
"I didn't get mail at first, and it's
depressing because everybody's getting
something, cookies, care packages, everything
and you're not getting anything so you're like
what's going on?" Sgt. Irasemi Rodriguez with
the 136th RTI said.
Because it's an interactive Web site, members
of the military are able to e-mail any soldier
and list their specific needs or the needs of
the Afghans or Iraqi villagers they've
"It's like Christmas. You're opening a
package, and you have no idea what they sent
you, but they sent you something because they
care," Cano said.
"It's a morale booster. Especially when
somebody is sending you something, and you don't
even know this person, and they're saying thanks
for your help, we appreciate what you're doing
out there," Rodriguez said.
Staff Sergeant Cano says while she was in
Iraq, she received a coffee pot from
AnySolder.com. She said it made her day
especially knowing it came from someone she had
A soldier's father created AnySoldier.com in
August 2003. It was after his son noticed many
in his brigade, working in Iraq, were not
receiving mail or care packages from