Nice Idea, But It Won’t Work.

Anyone gotten that email suggesting that you send a Christmas Card to “Any Wounded Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Hospital”?

Well, if you haven’t yet, expect it soon.

It’s a nice idea. I fully support our soldiers and sailors (especially when I say things like give them back the hazard pay that was cut in half, provide the appropriate safety equipment and medical care for mental and physical trauma incurred in combat, and bring them home from hazardous areas).

But the US Postal Service will NOT accept mail that’s addressed to “Any Soldier”. Not since 2001 and that little Anthrax Party that got thrown.

Here’s what Walter Reed Hospital suggests you do instead:

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, http://www.americasupportsyou.mil

HOWEVER!

The Office of the Bishop Suffragen for Chaplaincies of the Episcopal Church of the USA (bet you never heard of them!) is once again running its Christmas Cards for the Armed Services program.

For the past six years congregations, children in Episcopal Sunday Schools and Day Schools, Girl Scout troops and many others have made Christmas cards for the men and women of our armed services who are serving on active duty. The cards are handed out to servicemembers around the world by Episcopal military who tell us of the love and joy they bring to those who are serving their country, often in harm’s way.

The cards may be sent to any of the military chaplains listed who are serving in Iraq and elsewhere and this year we have added VA chaplains serving at Veterans Affairs medical centers in the U.S. [Click here for the list]

The packages must be sent by U.S. Priority Mail and can weigh no more than 16 oz. (Any package weighing more than 16 oz cannot be placed in a mailbox and must be brought to the Post Office).

Please send the cards as soon as possible for overseas distribution and for ships at sea, and no later than December 4th.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Ritchie, BAFID1@episcopalchurch.org

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