Christmas greetings for wounded soldiers

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dear Editor:

In response to numerous requests from many well meaning people who want to do something for our "wounded warriors" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Medical Center and all the other military medical facilities where these brave men and women are receiving care. There are several appeals going around the internet. Please read the statement below, which was taken directly from the Walter Reed website. As you can see

there are many other ways to show your support. Please consider one of


"Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages and letters, addressed to 'Any Wounded Soldier' that Walter Reed will not be accepting these packages in support of the decision by then Deputy Undersecre-tary of Defense for Trans-portation 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. Postal Service is no longer accepting 'Any Service Member' or 'Any Wounded Service Member' 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, or show support by backing one our many local organizations such as the TLC Military Support Group, local VFWs, American Legions or Lions Club.

Respectfully submitted,

Abby Hardin

TLC Military Support Group Facilitator

Shell Knob, Missouri