It reminds me how important our families are when we are serving far from home. I am home now, but I remember in boot camp, my brother-in-law [a former Navy Viet Nam era vet] wrote such inspiring letters to me that other members of my platoon would ask me to read them aloud.
My mom was one of the most understanding parents one could ask for about such things, though, with two children in the Armed Forces and one in Law Enforcement. She accepted sacrifices like Christmases with us away on duty with excellent grace, and she whipped up some mean care packages. Thanks for making me think of her dedication. I think I will call her and thank her.
This is ALWAYS something worth doing. Do it while you still can,and do it often.