It's been a long time since I've written to you. I've been strong about so many things recently, but getting the courage to write to you after so long,and what happened, hasn't been one of them. I'm sure you've heard about my exploits in the Changeling war, and now the Dragon war (I was going to talk to you at the ceremony, but quickly got cold hooves) , but I just wanted you to know I haven't forgotten the one thing you tried to teach me the most.
Let's start with the Legion of Discord. Discord used his mind control powers on many to force them into the armed forces. The rest chose to join to avoid that, or face death. And of course for a few, including me, it was fully voluntary.
Those of us who didn't get brainwashed were still able to find friends in each other, and not just with other ponies. Gryphons, dogs, cats, changelings, all developing friendships. Admittedly us ponies did get more flak than the others since we were the ones they were fighting against