AmericanWarrior.us, OpGrat.WordPress.com and Covington.k12.oh.us have sample letters to veterans available. AmericanWarrior.us has a PDF package available for teachers and student leaders, including both a template for letter writing and several short sample letters. OpGrat.WordPress.com, the blog of Operation Gratitude, has shared several letters written by children to veterans. Covington.k12.oh.us, the website of Covington Exempted Village Schools, has published letters, poems and essays written by students to veterans.
Many of the sample letters simply begin with a thank you and continue to explain the writer's feelings. The majority also reference the American way of life and democracy while thanking the recipient for his service in protecting those freedoms. Nearly all of the sample letters are short and contain simple language.
On its main website, OperationGratitude.com, Operation Gratitude has shared some suggestions and guidelines for writing letters to veterans and active service personnel. For example, the organization recommends keeping the tone positive and grateful while avoiding topics such as combat and politics. Other suggestions include the writer sharing some of her own story and handwriting the letter.
A common theme in many of the sample letters and in the guidelines is not forgetting. Many letter writers pledge to never forget the sacrifices and service of the veterans they are writing to.