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• Send A Christmas Card To Injured Soldiers (Updated)

12/07/07 UPDATE! Also Please Hit The DIGG button!

There is a very important in regards to Sending Christmas Cards To Injured Soldiers. Please go to here for the important update! It seems that our efforts to support our American Heros, the soldiers of the US military, has overwhelmed the Red Cross. They have given us an alternative to sending them Christmas cards! This is from Joo Chung at the American Red Cross posted as a comment at the bottom of this post. Please go here for the update!

12/05/07 UPDATE BELOW!
I have received several updates from all of you stating the Walter Reed is not accepting any more cards through the Red Cross because they have too many. This is definitely not a negative, however there are many more vets out there that could use your help. The links that I have below are always accepting and there is a V.A. hospital in most major cities so check your local VA or VFW for more info. Here is a link to the
V.A. search feature to locate facility-related information quickly and accurately.
Those links are blow the fold.

I received this email today from a gentleman that I work with by the name of John C. I wanted to thank him for his patriotism and send this onto all of you. It’s the addresses to send Christmas cards to injured soldiers at Walter Reed…

Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages and letters, addressed to “Any Wounded Soldier” that Walter Reed will not be accepting 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 “Any Wounded Service Member” 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 service members 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.

I expect this to get a lot comments… or else! Snap… Crack Woosh!!!

UPDATE 11/05/07
Over at Michelle Malkin is another way to send a card:

I called Walter Reed to find out the best way to send a bunch of cards to soldiers, and was directed to the Red Cross office at Walter Reed. The gentleman I spoke to said to bundle multiple cards in one big manilla envelope and send them to the Red Cross office and they will distribute them. He was a nice man who is a wounded soldier himself.

The address I was given is:

Red Cross
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Heaton Pavillion
3EO5
Washington, DC 20307

The man said they can also use stamps, gloves and stocking caps at the Red Cross office there.

Also:

Call and get a soldier’s name to send a card. The number is (202)782-3501.

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19 Comments

  1. ChenZhen says:

    I don’t even send my mom a Christmas card! Does that make me a bad person?

  2. Ed says:

    Make up for it this year with a card to both.

  3. nicedeb says:

    I’ll link to this sometime this weekend.

    The Holiday’s are right around the corner, so this is useful and timely information.

  4. [...] Ed Gruberman has a post about how to send our wounded soldiers some holiday cheer. [...]

  5. Alexisnexus says:

    If we all send even one really loving message to a single soldier or to all our soldiers what a difference it could make!

    Thank you for the links they inspired me.

    Blessing and aloha to all our men and women in the armed services throughout the world.

    Kristine

    http://www.familyforest.com/Veterans Day.html

  6. Beth says:

    FYI–I just talked to someone at Walter Reed and she told me that they are not accepting cards for wounded soldiers this year.

    I’m not sure why….but that is what she said!
    Thanks :)

  7. Sasha says:

    I just called the number listed above, and the gentleman I spoke with said they CANNOT accept christmas cards. He said it was too much of an security issue, and their mail room is full.

  8. Ed says:

    I would recommend using the websites above or going through the Red Cross. However on a better note them having a full mail-room… it seems to be working!

  9. DW says:

    Walter Reed said they are not excepting cards at all not even mailed to the Red Cross. I called to verify before I sent the cards back again, I didn’t want to get fooled twice

  10. Ed says:

    I have heard that several times and have just now updated this post to reflect this. However the links that I included are accepting. Thank you for the update.

  11. Joo Chung says:

    Hello,

    I work at Walter Reed Information, and received many many calls in regards to sending Christmas Cards and most of them said they got information from this website…so in order to reduce headache for all of you, this is the fact:

    Holiday Cards to Injured Service Members This Holiday Season

    The following message is from Neal Denton, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces: Sen This holiday season, we have a great opportunity to bring a touch of home to wounded warriors recovering in military hospitals across the country.

    As you may know, the American public has a strong desire to send holiday cards to soldiers staying at Walter Reed and other military medical centers. However, for security reasons, the former military program was discontinued. One of our colleagues at Walter Reed suggested, “If anyone can find a solution to this – it’s the Red Cross.”

    We’re proud that this season, communities across America are invited to mail holiday greeting cards along with personal messages of support to wounded soldiers at military hospitals around the country, through a unique partnership of the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Mailing Solutions.

    Now we have a solution that will not only benefit soldiers at Walter Reed, but also recovering soldiers at military hospitals around the nation. With the help of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Pitney Bowes, between now and December 27, members of the public will be invited to mail their holiday cards to:

    We Support You During Your Recovery!
    c/o American Red Cross
    PO Box 419
    Savage, MD 20763-0419

    Red Cross volunteers will sort the cards for appropriate content and repackage them for shipping. Our steadfast partners, Pitney Bowes, will ship the cards to Red Cross stations at the military hospitals.

    This project provides a great opportunity for chapters and station offices to coordinate resources and volunteers. Staff members at national headquarters will call each station office before packages are mailed to that military hospital. Those station managers will be looking for chapter volunteer support to help in accepting, storing and delivering the cards.

    A national news release will be issued shortly after announcing the program. Once you know that your field unit will be receiving holiday cards to distribute, I encourage you to contact your local media with the attached localizable news release, to take photos and write stories for your Web sites and to send us your stories at SAFstories@usa.redcross.org.

    We realize this is short notice. It took some time to work out a plan with the Department of Defense to revitalize this wonderful program and provide a way for people to express their support. I have every confidence that Red Crossers will want to participate in this joyous project. Already, we have had a very positive response at national headquarters to help with the sorting and packing.

    Thank you for your support of SAF. And our office hopes that you enjoy your holidays surrounded by friends and family!

  12. Joo Chung says:

    You can also confirm this information from Walter Reed Army Medical Center website:

    http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil

    Thank you!

    Joo Chung

  13. [...] given us an alternative! This is from Joo Chung at the American Red Cross posted as a comment at this previous post… [...]

  14. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  15. Ed says:

    What don’t you agree with?

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