A Million Thanks was founded by Shauna Fleming in 2004, when she was just 15 years old. The campaign began as a community service project in Orange County, California, with the goal of sending one million cards and letters of appreciation to U.S. military serving around the world.

The local project turned into a national cause just three weeks after its initial launch. Shauna was interviewed by various media outlets around the country to help spread the word about A Million Thanks. Tens of thousands of letters poured in each week, written by individuals, churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations. Within six months of starting, Shauna and her team of volunteers reached the initial goal of one million letters.

On behalf of grateful Americans around the country, A Million Thanks presented the framed one-millionth letter to President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House. A Million Thanks continued to set subsequent goals, reaching each one and presenting milestone letters to high-ranking military officials, such as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers.

To date, A Million Thanks has distributed more than eight million letters to U.S. troops stationed around the world. The organization now has more than 50 official letter drop-off locations nationwide to expand the efforts of the organization.

Through lobbying efforts, A Million Thanks was integral in ensuring that both houses of Congress passed, with unanimous consent, the 2004 proclamation permanently establishing the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month.

Another large campaign of A Million Thanks was to help establish the “America Supports You” initiative in 2004, a Department of Defense program that provided opportunities for citizens to show their support for our military personnel. The America Supports You program provided a single location where military support non-profits could list their causes, and connect with citizens wishing to direct their charitable giving to the causes closest to their heart. This “charity central clearinghouse” also enabled military to find the services they need by visiting the America Supports You website. 

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the organization, A Million Thanks started two additional missions: granting quality-of-life wishes to military injured in the War on Terror and funding higher education scholarships to children of fallen military. These two additional missions coincided with a draw-down in the number of troops deployed overseas. A Million Thanks recognized that with our military men and women coming home in large numbers, there was a need to support those who were injured, and the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

A Million Thanks grants Wishes to veterans which will make the challenges they face throughout their recovery more tolerable. Wishes provide injured veterans relief from a regular routine of hospital and doctor visits, from weekly and monthly in-patient care, and from the constant invisible struggles that they and their loved ones endure.

A Million Thanks additionally recognizes the importance of higher education. With education, students will be able to achieve the most good in our world. It is our goal to provide this education to the young men and women who have lost an active duty military parent since the 2001 start of the Global War on Terrorism. With the growing cost of higher education today, we want to help these students achieve their educational dreams, and provide the support their parent no longer can.

A Million Thanks has partnered with major companies andcelebrities, such as General Motors, Shutterfly, Southwest Airlines, NASCAR, Gary Sinise, and Jessica Simpson, all in an effort to raise awareness for the organization. 

The goal of A Million Thanks is to provide support to service members and their families for as long as the United States has a military.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."  - William Arthur Ward

A Million Thanks is a charitable non-profit organization that the IRS has determined to be a tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) - AMT - Federal Tax ID #26-0361789