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"Odes from the Sandbox" Book Release – Military Veteran Helps Connect Soldiers and Their Beloved Worldwide

"A field kit for letters between soldiers and their beloved." That’s how Central Florida author and military veteran Jeffrey Snyder describes his new book, "Odes from the Sandbox." The book helps those who are serving, stay connected to their beloved back home.

Orlando, FL, November 13, 2017 --( As a United States Army Captain deployed to the Middle East, Jeffrey wrote odes – short and sweet poems – to send to his beloved Lisa. "Odes from the Sandbox" helps service members and their beloved exchange odes inspired by Jeffrey’s lighthearted poetry. Postcard pages inside the book can be mailed for free from military installations around the world to make a beloved smile.

“My beloved Lisa and I are closer now because we stayed connected during my deployment. I wrote poems to Lisa to give her hope about a future I wanted to build together,” said Jeffrey. “What I found was the poems also gave me hope. Writing to Lisa gave me a reason to stay positive.” Those are exactly the feelings Jeffrey hopes to inspire for readers of "Odes from the Sandbox." The book contains a broad selection of odes, some silly, some themed to a season or holiday, and others just to say “I love you.” Each poem is followed by a postcard page that readers can detach from the book and mail directly home to their beloved or to a service member on deployment.

The time-honored tradition of receiving a handwritten letter from a deployed soldier has long helped family members stay connected, keep the flame of love ignited, and let loved ones know their service member is thinking about them. Odes from the Sandbox serves as a point of inspiration for soldiers, sailors, and airmen who can’t quite find the words to express how they are feeling. Jeffrey’s advice is simple, “Use the blank postcard pages in Odes from the Sandbox to draft or copy a poem that reminds you of who you’re missing and why.” Especially in today’s electronically connected world, it feels very special to receive a handwritten letter from someone you love, particularly when they’re serving on deployment. Jeffrey notes, “My handwritten odes helped me and Lisa stay physically connected, even when thousands of miles apart, in a more meaningful way than email or video calls could provide.”

Jeffrey also inspires service members, veterans, and their beloved at in-person speaking engagements. Jeffrey’s events include veteran service organizations, family readiness and support groups, and others focused on supporting service men and women overseas.

Appearances and bulk purchases for care packages can be arranged by contacting Jeffrey at To purchase Odes from the Sandbox, visit For printable postcard sheets, event information and more, visit
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