Tucked away in attics, closets, and basements throughout this country are millions of letters written by men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are also countless e-mails being written by active duty-troops who have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries around the world. These letters and e-mails are an irreplaceable record of the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families, and they need to be preserved.
Many of these letters (and e-mails) are also extremely significant from a historical perspective, offering eyewitness accounts of famous battles, major world events, and encounters with prominent military leaders. But even the more personal messages, such as heartfelt expressions of affection or words of support and encouragement between separated loved ones, offer valuable insight into the wartime experience.