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Great Xmas idea

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I got this as an email. I wish I could take credit for coming up with this.

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GREAT IDEA!! When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these

wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue,NW

Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

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I've got a nice image of a Christmas tree mounted with lit electric bulbs. The tree is stuck in the snow of a frozen lake. The image was taken right after sunset, with a red/yellow wash above the horizon and a single star in the deep indigo sky to guide our way.

We're using it for our Christmas cards this year. I think that would be just the right card for someone back from the harsh hot desert and recovering from mental and physical wounds.

Thanks for providing the address, buddy! It may not have been your idea, but it was your idea to pass it on in here. A great use of this board for sure, and something that Americans of any political persuasion can get behind. There are 40,000 HSO/FM members. Think we can send a few cards their way? smilesmile

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Thanks for sharing this, it is for sure on my list!!!! What a great post! Hopefully the whole family can get into a mess of early ice fish for a family photo op!

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I went to Walter Reeds HSOforum and found the following:

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers and veterans both in the United States and abroad.

Holiday Mail for Heroes, which began Tuesday, Veterans Day, is a follow-up to the 2007 effort that resulted in the collection and distribution of more than 600,000 cards to hospitalized servicemembers. This year's program will expand its reach to not only wounded servicemembers but also veterans and their families. The goal is to collect and distribute 1 million pieces of holiday mail.

"As we enter this holiday season-a time to celebrate with family and friends-it's important to remember the thousands of men and women who serve our nation in harm's way and those who are recovering in military and veterans hospitals," said Army Col. Norvell V. Coots, commander, Walter Reed Health Care System. "The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a wonderful outreach effort and a great way to acknowledge the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform."

Holiday cards should be mailed to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456

All cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10. Cards should not be mailed or delivered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

For more information, visit www.wramc.amedd.army.mil or www.redcross.org/holidaymail for Holiday Mail for Heroes program guidelines.Walter Reed is not accepting mail addressed to "A Recovering American Soldier."

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