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SkylerY

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When you are making out your holiday card list this year, also include one for the following address:
                     
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2007, 02:35:40 PM »
That is a GREAT idea! I know what I'll being doing with all my "extra" cards this year.

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007, 06:30:36 PM »
Is this just limited to holiday cards ? DS8 needs to practice writing and i htink writing out some cards to soldiers would be great meaningful way to practice.

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007, 06:46:25 PM »
This nice idea started, I'm sure, by someone who wants to be a blessing to others, could turn into a logistical nightmare for the hospital staff. I truly don't want to burst a bubble, but as part of my job I called Walter Reed Army Medical Center this week and asked about this initiative. They have 40-45 soldiers recuperating from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. I'm afraid they'll be inundated with more mail than they can possibly open from kind and generous members of our society. It's spreading like wildfire on the internet, so it will happen anyway.
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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2007, 06:51:00 PM »
There must be something like this for the men/women overseas.

Does anyone have information on that?

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2007, 07:00:02 PM »
There must be something like this for the men/women overseas.

Does anyone have information on that?

I think there is, but because of force protection issues, they request email greetings. I'll check at work if I can't find it on the internet.
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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007, 05:13:58 PM »
Snopes has this to say on this idea:
Link

If it weren't such a logistical nightmare, it would be an awesome idea :)

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2007, 09:51:35 PM »
Donated to charities?

Cripes, it's a hazard to the military, but let's get them down at Goodwill!

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007, 10:03:07 PM »
Is this just limited to holiday cards ? DS8 needs to practice writing and i htink writing out some cards to soldiers would be great meaningful way to practice.

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Try Valentines for Vets, http://www.valentinesforveterans.com/

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2007, 01:39:02 AM »
I think this is the same as sending a letter to "ANY SOLDIER".  They are not accepted, not only because of the sheer mass of letter that would be received, but because of the security concerns.  The DOD does not forward letters to "any soldier". They must have a name and address on them.

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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2007, 02:37:15 AM »
Try this website:

http://anysoldier.com/

They have soldier contacts who are military volunteers stationed in areas that are in harm's way. You send your support (letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when they see the "Attn: Any Soldier" line in their address they put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don't get much or any mail first. Everything is shared.

You are sending mail or packages to a specific person, so the post office will deliver them.
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Re: Include a recovering soldier on your holiday card list this year!
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2008, 08:10:49 AM »
Update:  the 'any soldier' website is still alive and getting a lot of activity.