My Soldier is a program that puts politics aside and lets U.S. soldiers know that someone back home cares. When a person enrolls in the My Soldier program, they agree to adopt a soldier. They receive a “starter kit” containing guidelines for letter writing and care package preparation, a red My Soldier bracelet, and a specially designed My Soldier baseball hat to include with the first letter they send to their deployed United States Armed Serviceperson.
Manhattanville College President Richard A. Berman and active U.S. Army Sergeant Juan Salas launched the new program, called My Soldier, at a November 10 press conference on the Manhattanville campus in Purchase, New York.
My Soldier is reminiscent of the POW/MIA bracelet program that was launched on Veteran's Day, 1970. That campaign was the brainchild of two college students in Los Angeles, who were looking for ways young people could support soldiers overseas without becoming involved in the controversy surrounding the war. Manhattanville’s particular program is born from the college’s mission to “educate ethically and socially responsible leaders for the global community.” It is also a natural outgrowth of the college’s commitment to empower students to be passionate and to pursue their dreams to make the world a better place.