Grandmother Sends Thousands of Thank You Letters to Troops Overseas

In the digital age, sometimes the kindest gesture is taking a moment to write a letter by hand. For Alleen Cooper, one is not enough. In fact, Cooper, a California woman, has written thousands of letters over the past ten years to military members overseas, thanking them for their service. By now, she's lost count, but she puts the total number somewhere north of 7,000.

Originally, this heartfelt display of gratitude began in the early 1940s, when she would write to people she'd never met serving in World War II. Cooper's son then went on to fight in the Vietnam war and she told Fox News that she thinks of service members "all of the time" and what life is like for their families back home. Life isn't easy for soliders abroad and their families back home, and Cooper has had experience with these struggles first hand. Larry, Cooper's son, has struggled with PTSD, therefore she strives to provide comfort to soldiers through sincere notes, and genuine thank you's. To prove it, she told Inside Edition that all of her letters are at least four pages long, and no two are alike. 

Although Cooper is closing in on 100, she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. "I decided I'm going to write as long as I can,” Cooper said, noting that she has the utmost respect for the men and women who serve our country. The Lakewood, California woman is a testament to the American spirit. We could all take a page out of Cooper's handwritten book.