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Staying in contact with family members in the armed services is important, whether they're deployed overseas or working through basic training. Waiting for the letters to arrive the old-fashioned way can be frustrating, especially when we're used to instantaneous messaging with texting and social media.

Marine Corps veterans Sam Meek and retired Maj. Gen. Ray "E-Tool" Smith developed the Sandboxx app (iOS, Android) to make communicating with family and friends of military service people.

Sandboxx adds the speed of technology to traditional mail, making it easier to communicate with loved ones.

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Simply write a digital message, add a picture, and send it in the app. Sandboxx converts your message to a physical letter and overnights it to the designated military base. The app's description said 550,000 members have sent almost two million letters.

"We physically print your mail, include a return envelope, provide tracking and overnight it to your recipient at any recruiting base," the app's description said.

Sandboxx is free to download, but sending a letter costs $4. The price covers the stamp, paper, return envelope, and the printing process. The app offers different packages to help save money.

A percentage of the price goes to the app's partnering non-profit organizations.

Along with keeping families in touch, Sandboxx offers programs to help recruitment. The app lets recruiters communicate and send information more easily to prospects to help prepare them for basic training.

After a soldier ships out for basic, family can get weekly updates about how the person is doing.

Sandboxx makes it easier for loved ones to visit for graduation with military travel experts. Retired soldiers can find units they've previously served with an get in touch as well.

The app isn't a Department of Defense operational platform but is compliant with Operations Security (OPSEC) and Personal Security (PERSEC).

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Takeaways

  1. The Sandboxx app adds the speed of technology to traditional mail, making it easier to communicate with loved ones.
  2. Write a digital message, add a picture, and send it in the app. Sandboxx converts your message to a physical letter and overnights it to the designated military base.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.