Woman, 98, Has Written Almost 7,000 Letters To Members Of The Military

Alleen Cooper of California has been writing soldiers letters since World War II, and despite her worn-out hands, she's not stopping anytime soon.

How long has it been since you sat down to write a letter? Not an email or a lengthy text, not even a Facebook message that felt longer than usual. I bet you can't remember. Well, one woman might inspire you to change that.

Alleen Cooper has made writing letters to the military a huge part of her life. At 98, the California resident and grandmother has written almost 7,000 letters total since she began counting, Inside Edition reports. Incredibly, she's been sending notes since World War II. 

If those numbers don't impress you, then allow this stat to put it all into perspective — they're all at least four pages long. Although her hands are fatigued, Cooper said to WBTV, "I decided I'm going to write as long as I can." 

Through it all, her mission has remained clear: to comfort soldiers in danger and those injured resting in hospitals. It stems from a very personal connection — her son, Larry, has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since the Vietnam War. 

As you can imagine, the troops are incredibly thankful for Cooper's long-distance company. They send her trinkets and flags from their bases that serve as displays of gratitude. 

Looks like letter-writing isn't totally obsolete in the digital age after all. 

To show support for Americans in the military, consider writing letters through Soldiers' Angels or Operation Gratitude. You can adopt a U.S. soldier here

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