Franklin, TN (PressExposure) September 02, 2008 -- The program, presented by Magazines.com, allows donors to send active-duty deployed service members magazine subscriptions for just $10 per subscription donation. Donors visit [http://www.subs4soldiers.com] and can donate to a service member they know or be paired anonymously with a service member through the database of requests. Meanwhile, service members go to a separate website at [http://www.subs4servicemembers.com] and request up to three favorite magazines from 30 magazine titles like Guns & Ammo, Muscle & Fitness, Shape and Star at no cost to them.
With the help of Stars and Stripes and Military.com, Subscriptions for Soldiers has created a database of 9,000âand growingâservice member subscription requests. Already donors have filled thousands of these requests but the need for more donors is still great.
This inexpensive but meaningful gift-giving service will continue indefinitely and is already getting good reviews from participating service members.
âI just want to say thank you for taking your time and effort in having a service for sailors and all our other branches to have magazines to keep our minds occupied about other stuff, rather than our minds being concentrated on the stress and everyday life of being in the military, and especially missing our families,â said U.S. Navy seaman Clayton M.
For active duty service members, something as simple as receiving a monthly magazine makes a difference by boosting morale in stressful times throughout the year.
âMore and more often we lose sight of what weâre fighting for when weâre deployed. The daily grind we go through day in and day out is extremely dangerous and arduous, and itâs so easy to fall into a depressed state when youâre thousands of miles from everyone you love,â said 2nd Lt. Matt, of the U.S. Air Force. âPrograms like [this] allow soldiers/airmen/Marines/sailors the chance to forget about the possibility of losing your life and those around you for a few minutes a day. And those fleeting, precious minutes are a welcome break from the rigors of war.â
At the heart of Subscriptions for Soldiers is an effort to connect service members, those they serve and the life we all cherish.
âWe believe there are many Americans, regardless of how they feel about the politics of war, who really want to let our troops, all over the world, know how much we appreciate them,â said Jay Clarke, CEO of Magazines.com. âAt the same time there are soldiers far away from their families who long for a little taste of home.â
For service members deployed overseas, receiving a favorite magazine is like getting a little piece of home every month.