:( NOT TRUE re CARDS for soldiers; what you CAN DO tho

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I'm embarrassed - I usually check out everything if it sounds the least bit unlikely on snopes--

    but this one really sounded 'normal'. Just goes to show, even the most good-hearted nice stuff can be not true.

    Because of the scares with anthrax and other possibilities, cards sent to Walter Reed Hospital that are not addressed to SPECIFIC soldiers WILL BE THROWN AWAY!

    You CAN SEND SMALL GIFTS THO thru the Red Cross!

    Here's the official info put out by Walter Reed Hospital:

    "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, www.americasupportsyou.mil

    Other organizations that offer means of showing your support for our troops or assist wounded servicemembers and their families include:


    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.

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

    [This Message was Edited on 11/10/2007]
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    so nobody gets confused, just in case they don't see this!!!

  3. sisland

    sisland New Member

    For letting us know Victoria! a great saftey precaution for our Vets!
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    it might be good to keep this one bumped up like we did the other, both as a precaution about the other email and what we can do...
  5. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    A few years ago when I used to Volunteer at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to help out the wounded troops, it used to break my heart to see the boxes of unopened cards that awaited them.

    Many were from kids across the country...hopefully they found their way into someone's hands eventually.

    There are so many ways to help the wounded troops, and so many need our help.

    Don't worry about the mistake...

    One year in Bahrain while choosing our Christmas tree, each tree came with a child's hand made card to thank the troops. You can't imagine what a gift that was that year to have that on our tree. If I remember right (???) each tree also came with a hand written letter thanking us as well.

    It really touched our hearts.


    Nancy B

  6. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    love and healing to all our vets in all the countries of the world

  7. victoria

    victoria New Member

    for helping to keep this bumped...

  8. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I just received a copy of community newsletter for where my parents live. They have this article in there, only they think it's true.

    I sent them a copy of your correction (no mention of where or who I got the information) so they might retract it. Although, it has already been distributed to about 400 households.

    Guess Walter Reed will need to schedule additional waste hauling pick ups!

  9. victoria

    victoria New Member

    many fell for that one, I think it was very well-intentioned probably... it's just a shame if anything goes to waste. I hope they'll donate to charity, but maybe they won't be able to because of the risks. So sad!


  10. victoria

    victoria New Member

    before and in time still, hopefully, for the holidays...

    not sure what their deadlines are.