A California grandmother from Lakewood decided to do her part to help soldiers overseas by writing them letters, and has already exceeded a whopping 7,000!
Alleen Cooper started her service years ago when her son Larry served in the Vietnam War, although she had previously written letters to troops during World War II. Larry had survived the war, but still endures with post-traumatic stress disorder to this day, making Cooper’s business of writing letters to the troops a personal one.
Reportedly, Cooper makes sure that all of her letters are at least four pages long, and she also checks to see that no two letters are alike.
According to NBC News, Cooper is not going to give up writing letters anytime soon, saying “I decided I’m going to write as long as I can.” That said, writing for so long is said to cause her hands pain on occasion, but she feels that it is a necessary pain for the greater good of supporting the troops.
While some people already end up with carpal tunnel syndrome writing on the computer, Cooper even goes the extra mile by writing her letters by hand. She probably does not want to break tradition considering she’s been doing this since World War II!
Cooper had recently come into contact with one of the Marines she had written to, who was identified as Staff Sgt. Chris Cantos, who read her letters while at a remote based in Afghanistan and had no access to wireless internet.
“She would always send us clippings and jokes. She would tell us about her day,” Cantos added. The troops are grateful to Cooper for all that she’s done with her writing. She even had a flag dedicated to her!