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Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Cards to Walter Reed....eRumor Alert!

eRumor Alert-It's that time of year again!

There is a widely circulated email right now suggesting that you send a card, letter, or package to wounded veteran at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington , D.C.This is a false eRumor.It suggests sending mail addressed to "A Recovering American Soldier" or addressing it to "Any Wounded Soldier."The U.S. Postal Service will not process any mail addressed that way and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will not deliver it.Since 2001 the Armed Forces have prohibited receiving mail that is not addressed to a particular soldier by name.It's a security issue.They do not want letters, cards, or packages being sent into military facilities unless they know who they are from and to whom they are addressed.So don't forward that email and if someone sends it to you, refer them to TruthOrFiction. com or snopes.com where they can use the SEARCH function at the top of any page to find the story by using some of the key words such as WALTER REED SOLDIER.

Please let every one you know who may believe that email.

If you are interested in doing a legitimate program to send a card to the wounded for the holidays you can do HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES. For those who did not have time to make cards for the troops this time around can do this...it even has a way to print out an card to send. Share this with teachers or church groups too...good way for children to get involved.

I see there are alot of searches from people looking for info on sending cards right now. Please remember that our troops can use cards & letters ALL YEAR LONG! There are men & women serving our country who don't get mail at all. You can send mail to me any time of the year to be sent to our HEROES.

2 comments:

AirmanMom said...

debbi...I will make sure to post "Holiday Mail for Heroes" link on my website! Thank you so much for shaing this info!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Tracey said...

Thanks for sharing the Holiday Mail for Heroes program with your readers! I personally worked on this campaign, and on behalf of my colleagues at the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, I'd like to express my appreciation for your support.

Not sure if you knew this, but our goal was to collect 1 million cards for the troops, veterans, and military families. I'm happy to tell you that we ended up surpassing that goal - something that would not have been possible without you and your blog readers!

The Holiday Mail team created a video to thank you and the blogging community for your support. You can view it here: http://blip.tv/file/1643672/

Thanks again for your help in spreading the word!

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