John Melzer served in the U.S. military, and he has always said that a Christmas card from a little girl helped him get through the Vietnam War.

John got the letter on Christmas Day in 1970. It said, “Dear Serviceman, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for going to war and fighting for us. The class hopes that you can go home.”

John was 23 years old and a sniper in an Army helicopter at the time. The war was very hard for him.

John said, “When you woke up in the morning, you always wondered if you would see the sun go down at night.”

Even though John didn’t know the girl who sent the card, he was moved by it.

John said, “I think it means more to me now than it did when I got it, and that’s because she said thank you.”

John didn’t know who wrote the letter, and the fact that she signed it “DonnaCaye” was the only hint he had. John finally found DonnaCaye Ludemann Sica after many years, and he was able to thank her in person.

She said, “I remember writing the letter.” “I couldn’t believe I could write to a serviceman and maybe make his life a little easier for a couple of minutes.”

People all over the world have been moved by their meeting again.

“Words can help save lives. In addition to thanking servicemen and women and their families (spouses) for their sacrifices, one user wrote, “Ask them what their service was like. There are so many sad people out there that you have to remember to say something nice to someone.” It could be just what they need to make it through another day!”