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Thank a Vet in Annual ‘Medal of Honor Mail Call’

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Motivational speaker and singer Janine Stange helped collect over 12,000 letters for all living Medal of Honor recipients last year.

This year, she’s doing it again.

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is joining forces with Stange to host the fourth annual Medal of Honor Mail Call, inviting Americans to learn about the heroics of our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients and send them personalized letters thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

“In this day and age when many Americans do not know a single active duty or retired service member, the Medal of Honor Mail Call provides a simple way for everyday Americans to learn from and connect with those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Stange, a motivational speaker and singer who was the first person to perform the National Anthem in all 50 states.

Medal of Honor Mail Call harkens back to the days before email, FaceTime and texting, when hearing a sergeant yell “mail call” meant soldiers were about to receive a letter from home.

Back then, mail calls were one of the only opportunities for soldiers on the battlefield to hear from their loved ones, giving them a moment of joy in an otherwise tumultuous time.

Stange launched the effort in 2017 as a way for students, businesses, groups and individuals to learn about – and personally thank – our nation’s heroes.

Since the medal’s inception in 1863, about 3,500 Americans have received the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.

Of those, only 71 recipients are alive today.

Through the program, Stange and the foundation will collect letters, postcards, drawings, and paintings from Americans across the country to be mailed directly to those 71 living recipients.

The first Medal of Honor was awarded to Jacob Parrott on March 25, 1863. In 1990, Congress passed a resolution establishing March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day, a nationwide holiday honoring the medal and its recipients.

Details about the program – including how to select a Medal of Honor recipient, where to send letters, and the deadline for submissions – may be found on Stange’s website, janinestange.com/moh.

To watch a video recap of last year’s Medal of Honor mail call, visit youtube.com/watch?v=yTL7luiyAJw.

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