The following was submitted by a reader who volunteers at Walter Reed Medical Center.
I began volunteering at Walter Reed Army Medical (WRMAC) in the fall of 2007 with CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services). CAUSE provides comfort and recreation programming for wounded soliders and their families. Founded by West Point graduates and their wives, CAUSE provides activities that seek to lighten the load for recovering soliders and their families. We host UFC fight nights, brunches, picnics, and video game tournaments. Monthly we bring in massage therapists and energy healers as well as hairstylists and nail technicians and provide a full service spa day. Our largest and most popular program is the CDEL library which provides DVDs, Video games and video game system rentals to soldiers and their families free of charge. Currently we stock Wii, PS2, PS3s and XBOX360s and their respective games (including guitar hero complete with guitars) in addition to first run and classic movies and TV series on dvd.
Because we relay on donations to stock our libraries we tend to get new releases slower then we would like but we will take donations of anything people no longer want. We accept in kind donations of gently used DVDs and video games and of course cash. All donations are tax deductible. We want all kinds of DVDs—many of these soldiers have their kids and their spouses—so animation, chick flicks, action, adventure, anything!
About 80% of the soldiers being treated are under the age of 30, with a majority being 19-25. Walter Reed specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and amputations.
You can drop your donations at the Petworth library at the address below. I believe its open Monday and Wednesday nights.
Petworth Neighborhood Library
4300 Kansas Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20011