Saturday, December 15, 2007

Get Well Cards for the Troops

When I was a wee lad I went through some major surgery at Walter Reed hospital. Walter Reed is one of the largest military hospitals in the world. My surgery happened near the peak of the Vietnam War. For those of you who don't know, the farther you get from the front, the worse the injuries. That is, the field hospitals don't have the facilities to do more than stabilize the severely injured. Walter Reed, being as far from the front as possible, was filled with the soldiers who had been hurt badly. I still remember some of the injured I saw way back then.

Most of the injured young soldiers are athletes who've sacrificed their ability to do things like this so we could remain safe and free.

While the Iraq war has been nothing like Vietnam in terms of casualties, there's still plenty of them in hospital right now having given their bodies for your safety. Can you help? You bet.

"With the support of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and with help from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect, review and disseminate holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel. For security reasons, the Red Cross will only be able to accept holiday cards, not packages. Red Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards to be shipped by Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at military medical facilities will distribute the cards to patients and their families in time for the holidays."

Address your Cards or Letters to:

We Support You During Your Recovery! c/o American Red Cross PO Box 419 Savage, MD 20763-0419
Our family will be doing this today.

H/T: Our Prater of Prowling.


Anonymous said...

There's a group at my school that fundraised to send Christmas packages to wounded soldiers in Walter Reed, and then a whole bunch of us made cards to send.

(By the way, this is the same person who used to comment under the name Oromin)

jlbussey said...

Filled out a dozen cards last week. My hand still hurts...

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