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Please No Cards To "A Recovering Solider" At Walter Reed-They Won't Be Delivered

Unfortunately a good sentiment does not equal the delivery of a holiday card to a wounded solider at Walter Reed Hospital.  This rumor comes up again every year about this time and takes on a life of its own.

There is a program called Holdiay Mail for Heros sponsored by the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes which provided for the mailing of cards to soliders overseas.  The deadline for those cards was December 10th.

If you see a post suggesting you send a card to "A Recovering Solider" at Walter Reed please have them read the information on Snopes.com.  If you want to help a wounded solider and their family check with your local USO or make a contribution to the Fisher House Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project.


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Comment balloon 16 commentsCindy Jones • December 14 2010 07:23PM

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Cindy..this is great information posted here..Thanks for the info

HelpfulHannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 8 years ago

Cindy, thanks for the info. I have seen another post referencing sending cards to soilders in Iraq. At this moment most of our troops, my son included, are in Afghanistan. Any mail sent now, would not reach them by Christmas. Thanks for this heads up.

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 8 years ago

One would assume that someone sending a holiday card to a soldier here or overseas would be a gesture of goodwill. However I wonder how many radicals use this as an opportunity to send cards with hate and evil rhetoric. What a horrible thought that these cards need to be checked.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Cindy - you are right, I've seen this year after year. Good intentions, bad advice. I love Snopes.com, I go there almost every week. Thanks for setting the record straight.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) almost 8 years ago

Cindy

Thanks for taking the time to sharing the information on a very worthwhile program.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Cindy.. I agree, this is good information. My mom uses snoops often... but you still need to be careful, even if on snoops... just like blogging, right?

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 8 years ago

Cindy  It is unfortunate that people who try to participate are too often given the wrong info.  That is an internet weakness.  Thank you for posting the staright info.  We may not agree on everything, but this is one area where we agree - our vets serve for all of us and then there is your husband and all those who paid the ultimate price of giving it all for their country.  Arthur jokingly says if it wasn't for him we'd be speeking Japanese

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 8 years ago

I take even Snopes.com with a grain of salt, as it only "sees" the left side of a position.

However can you imagine all the crap a disgruntled individual could put into a get well card. There is no way to inspect the contents of all those cards, and if the wrong sentiment (and there's plenty out there) got through to a wounded warrior it could be really sad.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) almost 8 years ago

Hannah-every year this goes around and I'm sure folks spend money sending cards that never get to where they hope they would.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Renee-thank you for your son's service to our country.  I know it is tough during the holidays to be seperated and especially for our troops in Afghanistan and around the world.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Ellie-it is sad to think that someone would use a holiday card to cause harm but unfortunately we know there are those who would.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Cynthia-often when I see something that seems to good to be true I'll go to snopes.com to check it out.  I recommend others do as well.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Lou-thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Jeff-if we spread the rumor we need to take responsibility for making sure we correct our errors (when we know about them). 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Karen- ohayou gozaimasu.  When it comes to our active duty military and vets we are definetly on the same page.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Jon-the last thing I would want to be responsible for is to add to the pain a wounded warrior is feeling during the holidays. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

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