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Veteran Pen Pal Project’s Holiday Initiative: Operation Holiday Salute

Written By: Christina Etchberger

Christina Etchberger from It’s a Military Life and our friends from GivingTuesdayMilitary are working together to spread the word about Veteran Last Patrol’s Operation Holiday Salute!

Christina Etchberger, Creator of It’s a Military Life, teams up with #GivingTuesdayMilitary

Veteran Last Patrol:


This holiday season, take the time to send a veteran a card or small gift, as a simple act of kindness that will make a big impact.

Last year they received 4,000 cards that were then delivered to veterans in nursing homes and “at home” end-of-life care. This year they wish to again receive cards and small gifts from grateful patriots, folks with a family military connection, children, clubs, schools, and other organizations that would like to help express gratitude one final time during this holiday season.

To support this cause please mail your cards to:

Veteran Last Patrol

140B Venture Blvd

Spartanburg, SC, 29306

The salutation on the card itself should be: “Dear Veteran” or “Dear Hero”

This year’s goal is 10,000 letters no later than DEC 7th!

What is Veteran Last Patrol?

Last Patrol: Serving veterans by bringing new friends to veterans in hospice.

“Our non-profit organization is focused on bringing national attention to Veterans in hospice care. Far too many are alone & lonely. We want to bring them friendship on their “Last Patrol” of Life. Our veterans served America. They protected us and our way of life. Now, we must stand by them.”

Claude Schmid, Retired Army Colonel/31 Years, Founder

Purpose: America’s veterans served their country. They protected us and our way of life. We must stand by them.

Our veterans know about patrolling land, sea, and air. Veterans in hospice are on their final fight and in their last patrol. Whether it goes by the name of “battle buddy” or “shipmate” or “wingman” – all veterans understand that tough assignments are best faced together. (

Veteran Last Patrol Overview

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