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Air Force member uses letters to help others

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Alise Williams, an Air Force airman first class, holds a flag with the logo of her organization, Letters for Life. Image: DVIDS

An Air Force member in Florida is using handwritten letters to encourage people who are experiencing difficult times.

Alise Williams, an airman first class stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, operates Letters for Life, a nonprofit organization that sends uplifting notes to people who request them.

Individuals can submit their name and address and receive a handwritten letter from Williams. Since starting the group last year, she has received requests from people who said they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other illnesses.

“They can go into detail if they want and I can give them encouragement in whatever area of their life they need,” Williams told DVIDS, a military news site.

Williams, a logistics readiness squadron fleet management and analysis specialist, is one of the armed forces members whose contributions are being recognized in May, which is Military Appreciation Month.

“If you see anyone suffering, I think it’s our duty as wingmen to help them out,” she said.

A colleague praised her efforts.

“She is not just a good airman, but a good person,” Chief Master Sgt. Anitra Nesbitt told DVIDS. “She is always there with a kind heart, word or gesture. It is just who she is.”

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