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Grandmother writes 7,000 letters to the troops

An elderly woman started sending letters to America’s troops back during World War II. They've gone to soldiers in harm’s way and the wounded in hospitals. (Source: KCAL/KCBS/Snapshots Provided by Soldiers/Cooper Family Photos/CNN) An elderly woman started sending letters to America’s troops back during World War II. They've gone to soldiers in harm’s way and the wounded in hospitals. (Source: KCAL/KCBS/Snapshots Provided by Soldiers/Cooper Family Photos/CNN)

LAKEWOOD, CA (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) - A 98-year-old California woman has made it her mission to send letters to the heroes serving this country overseas.

It started years ago with her son, who served in the Vietnam war.

At a time when most conversations are instant, Alleen Cooper proves the art of letter-writing isn't lost.

She started sending letters to America’s troops back during World War II. They've gone to soldiers in harm’s way and the wounded in hospitals.

All of Cooper's letters are at least four pages long, and she keeps track, making sure no two are alike.

What Cooper's serving up at her kitchen table is comfort food for soldier's souls, and they can't seem to get enough.

They've sent her commendations and even flags from their bases.

Friday, she was connected with one of her Marines.

Cooper first wrote Staff Sgt. Chris Cantos years ago when he was in a remote area of Afghanistan with no wireless internet.  The only contact that the Marines there had with home was letters.

"She would always send us clippings and jokes. She would tell us about her day," Cantos said.

Cooper's family said her connection to the troops was personal

Cooper's other son, Larry, served in Vietnam.  He survived but still struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.  

Six years ago, Cooper started counting her letters.  Since then she's sent nearly 7,000. Her hands are getting tired but this grandmother to the troops said that her mission is far from over.

"I decided I'm going to write as long as I can,” Cooper said.

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