06 November 2007

Wet blanket

EDITED TO ADD:
One can send cards for soldiers to organizations like A Million Thanks at: A Million Thanks; 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355; Villa Park, CA 92861
The blanket is not so wet now...

A congregant just sent me this email...

A Great Idea!!!

When you are making out your Christmas card
list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center; 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW ; Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

If you approve of the idea, please pass it on to your email list.

I looked it up on Snopes and it wasn't there, so googled it and here is the info, available at this link.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages, letters, and holiday cards addressed to 'Any Wounded Soldier' or 'A Recovering American Soldier' that Walter Reed cannot accept these packages in support of the decision by then Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in 2001. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of patients and staff at medical centers throughout the Department of Defense.
In addition, the U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting "Any Service Member" or "A Recovering American Soldier" letters or packages. Mail to "Any Service Member" that is deposited into a collection box will not be delivered. Instead of sending an “Any Wounded Soldier” letter or package to Walter Reed, please consider making a donation to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our troops and their families listed on the "America Supports You" website, http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/
Other organizations that offer means of showing your support for our troops or assist wounded servicemembers and their families include:
http://www.usocares.org/

http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/tooursoldiers

http://www.redcross.org/
For individuals without computer access, your local military installation, the local National Guard or military reserve unit in your area may offer the best alternative to show your support to our returning troops and their families. Walter Reed Army Medical Center will continue to receive process and deliver all mail that is addressed to a specific individual. As Walter Reed continues to enhance the medical care and processes for our returning service members, it must also must keep our patients and staff members safe while following Department of Defense policy. The outpouring of encouragement from the general public, corporate America and civic groups throughout the past year has been incredible. Our Warriors in Transition are amazed at the thanks and support they receive from their countrymen.

3 comments:

Jan said...

I got a similar email, so I'm glad you looked it up. Good info! Thanks.

more cows than people said...

i've gotten several of these e-mails.

i replied with your helpful info. thanks!

Dennis said...

It is now on Snopes.com

http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp