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Policy Statement

It is the policy of Stars and Stripes that all Pen Pal Program letters submitted for publication in Stars and Stripes are subject to approval. Only stories written in English can be accepted for publication in print or online; stories written in any language other than English will not be published. No letters will be accepted which, in the judgment of Stars and Stripes, are indecent, suggestive or offensive, or in any other way violate Stars and Stripes publication policies. Stars and Stripes does not accept letters which, in its judgment, contain attacks of a personal, racial or religious nature, or which reflect unfavorably on competitive organizations, institutions or merchandise.

We reserve the right to make edits. Stars and Stripes reserves the right to reject any letter, for any reason, with or without cause, and with or without explanation. By submitting your letter to Stars and Stripes, you are warranting that you wrote the letter and that it does not violate any copyrights or other third party rights.

Stars and Stripes will not share any information collected through its message programs with any third party other than a message program sponsor, however Stars and Stripes does reserve the right to share email addresses through its online programs if requested.