Monday, November 19, 2007

Mailing HOAX - sending to "Any Soldier", etc

There is an email circulating around the internet asking people to send an extra Christmas card or two to "Any Soldier", or "Recovering Soldier" at Walter Reed Hospital.

DO NOT DO THIS!

For security reasons the Military will not accept such mail, and, the hospital would not be able to handle that many cards either.

The same is true for sending packages overseas.


Please pass this information back up the email chain if you have received such an email, or get one in the future.

Also, my contact at Walter Reed Army Hospital (shown on my website) is no longer there, so do not use that address for cards either.

US Army warns of holiday mail hoax

Networkworld.com website

The US Army is warning the public of a hoax e-mail asking recipients to send holiday mail to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The e-mail instructs recipients to send Christmas cards to "A Recovering American Soldier," and lists Walter Reed's Washington, D.C., mailing address.
While the idea sounds good on paper the medical center cannot accept and the US Postal Service no longer will deliver such items. Under a 2001 policy designed to improve security, the medical center can't accept mail addressed to "Any Wounded Soldier" or "A Recovering American Soldier."
According to an article on the ArmyTimes.com Web site, Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, a spokesman for Army Human Resources Command, said his office has been inundated with inquiries from the public about the e-mail. "It's not true," he said. "Don't do it."
Instead, the public is asked to military's "American Supports You" Web site for information about more than 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping U.S. soldiers and their families.
The Walter Reed Web site offers these sites if you want to show support for service personnel:
USO: http://www.usocares.org/
US Army site: http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/tooursoldiers/
Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

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