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Send A Christmas Card To A Recovering Soldier (Urban Legend)

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I've just received this from a friend.

When making your list of Christmas cards please include:

A Recovering American Soldier
C/O Water Reed Army Med Center
6900 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC

Thank you.

Daniel from Syracuse, N.Y.

Editor's Note: According to Snopes unless you address a particular service member in the hospital, they are returned or thrown away.



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By Beth (Guest Post)11/19/2008

Please note the correct address for holiday cards (otherwise they will not be delivered) Check out the Walter Reed Army Medical Center directly at and view ... /wrarticles/DispForm.aspx?Id=65& which gives the correct address as:
Holiday cards should be mailed to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456
Peace everyone

By Tami10/05/2008

Hospital is Walter Reed not Water!! and thank you for doing so!

By cherie palmer (Guest Post)12/19/2007

We would like to send some Christmas cards to our american recovering soldiers and don't know any names to address them to. Thank You Cherie Palmer cherieberie2006 AT

By reddlb12/10/2007

We just addressed this at our American Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting tonight.
We do know if you can get the cards to an American Legion, they will hand deliver the cards and be glad to do it. Just google American Legion + city and state with a veteran's hospital to get an address and phone number.
Merry Christmas to all.

By Barbara Huggins [8]12/10/2007

I found this on another web site. It provides an address for the Red Cross who are supposedly distributing cards to our brave soldiers. Hope it helps...

"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 websiteso 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."

By Mary Koehler [8]12/10/2007

There was just an article in our paper that the post office will not deliver a letter unless it has a specific name on it. They will not delilver to a "recovering soldier:. Guess you should check with the Washington post office.

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