Sorry - I just found this out. It was a good idea, but guess it won't fly.
Holiday Cards to Wounded and Recovering Soldiers
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.
.pdf> 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.