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Issue 144 - December 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 3

Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers

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Message claims that people can send Christmas greetings to wounded soldiers by addressing cards to "A Recovering American soldier" care of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Brief Analysis
The addressing information contained in the message is incorrect. The original Walter Reed Army Medical Center has now closed. See the Detailed Analysis below for valid instructions for sending Holiday Mail for Heroes.

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Last updated: November 29, 2012
First published: November 12, 2007
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Chritsmas Cards Soldiers

Subject: FW: Christmas Cards

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

If you approve, please pass it on.

Detailed Analysis
This message advises recipients that they can send Christmas cards addressed to "A Recovering American Soldier" care of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While this might seem like a good way to show support for wounded soldiers, the information in the message is incorrect. Cards sent to "A Recovering American soldier" or similar will not be accepted by Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In fact, the original Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed down in August 20. The facility was reborn as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is now located in Bethesda.

However, cards can be sent to service members via the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign operated by the American Red Cross. Further details about the campaign are available on the American Red Cross website. The article notes:

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

Versions of the message are now circulating via social media websites as well as email. If it should come your way please let the sender know that the address information in the message is incorrect. To reiterate, mail addressed to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will not reach any recovery soldiers.

In November 2011, a UK based version of the message also began circulating. The UK version also contains incorrect information. For details of the UK version, see:
False - Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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False - Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Pages in this issue:
  1. Jetstar 'Flight Itinerary' Malware Email
  2. WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
  3. Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers
  4. Virgin Money 'Re-Confirm SiteKey' Phishing Scam
  5. How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax
  6. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  7. Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
  8. Absurd Warning - 'LOL' stands for 'Lucifer Our Lord'
  9. Bogus Prize Offers on Facebook - 'Like and Share To Win'
  10. Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam
  11. DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax
  12. ANZ 'Reward for Loyal Customers' Phishing Scam
  13. Chase Paymentech 'Merchant Billing Statement' Malware Email
  14. Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam
  15. Padlock on Facebook Home Page Hacker Warning Hoax
  16. Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  17. Target 'Free Gift Voucher' Survey Scam
  18. Another Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages In Your Name
  19. Fake Tsunami Warning 'News' Report Points to Malware
  20. Reserve Bank Of India Phishing Scam
  21. Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails