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Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers


Outline

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.

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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 more information about sending cards via the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program operated by the American Red Cross.

Scroll down to read a detailed analysis with references.


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Example

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 2011. The facility was reborn as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is now located in Bethesda.

Cards can be sent to service members via the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign operated by the American Red Cross. However, it should be noted that, beginning in 2014, the Red Cross is changing the way the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program is implemented.

There will no longer be a Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box to which cards are sent. Instead, local Red Cross offices will collect, sort, and distribute the holiday cards in their local communities.

For details, refer to the Holiday Mail for Heroes page on the American Red Cross website.

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 recovering 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



Last updated: October 21, 2014
First published: November 12, 2007
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
Walter Reed, In Transit
Holiday Mail for Heroes
False - Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital






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