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Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 12:06 PM


I received an e-mail this morning with this in the subject line:

Great idea that takes only a few minutes..

The e-mail suggests that when we make out our Christmas cards that we send one to "Any Soldier" at Walter Reed Medical Center. It does sound like a great idea, doesn't it?

I just happened to have seen information on this on Snopes: Unfortunately, mail sent to "any soldier" is discarded or returned to the sender if a return address is provided. This move was taken mainly because there are those who might use this avenue to bring harm to a soldier. Officials at Walter Reed suggest people go to “America Supports You” Web site and there are 300 or so addresses where you can help.

Or, go you can directly to the American Red Cross Web site -- -- which tells about the program "Holiday Mail for Heroes" where you CAN send cards to be delivered to soldiers at home and abroad, as well as veterans and their families. Be sure to read about the guidelines as there are very strict limits on what you can send. All cards for this program must be postmarked Dec. 10. There is also a link where you can send a free e-card.

If someone sends you the e-mail about the "Any Soldier" at Walter Reed, please take a second to return it to the sender with the explanation of why their efforts will be in vain. The mail carriers have enough mail to carry during this season without the added mail that can't be delivered.

Pennwoman  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 12:08 PM

Thanks for the info. I know how much mail meant to my son when he was in Iraq and I would imagine it would mean even more for the injured.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 1:55 PM

Thanks - I was just coming to do that and to post this:
Holiday Mail for Heroes - which covers all of it and how to make sure you send to right organization -- I had 3 of them this morning -- (the Any Solidier) - tis the season!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 5:35 PM

You can get real live soldier addresses at I've used this wonderful website many times to send packages and mail. I've even received many letters back from the military personnel, even though I didn't expect it. They have a lot bigger things to worry about than a reply.

The way this works is that army, marine and navy personnel send in requests for mail and packages. Many do it as a liason for their entire unit. Because they invidividually request the mail, you are given their actual address.

Now would be a wonderful time to do this! I can assure you that they DO get their mail and packages, barring anything unforeseen with their particular circumstances. Even if their address is changed, they will eventually get it. They really appreciate it, and just reading through the lists of requests is engrossing. The hardest part is narrowing down who to write or send packages to out of all of those wishing for them. You can log on every day, and although you're limited to two (I think that's the number) of requests per day, you can reach out to many by doing this more than one day only. Once you've made the request, you're sent an email with the address almost immediately. Many times I've sent something to the soldier who has received the fewest requests, as it's estimated that only one in five of those who make a request actually send anything.

Although most soldiers do put in requests for specific items, a letter is always welcomed. Should you decide to send a package, the US Post Office has $8 flat rate Priority mail boxes available, and I usually use those. You can pack a whole lot of things into one of those.

Give it a try! It will be very much appreciated, and bring some "back home" joy to a military person far from home.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 1:26 AM

Just didn't want this to be buried in the pile. Hoping that many of you will participate in this very worthwhile program. I'm going to pick two names right now.

Send a card or package, and bring a smile to an overseas soldier!

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 9:17 AM

Thanks for that additional information Susan. How sad it must be for any soldier to face the holidays without a gift or letter.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 9:08 AM


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