Remember to Send “Holiday Mail for Heroes” by December 10

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From an email:

“There are currently 1.4 million active duty service members, and tens of thousands of will find themselves away from home during this holiday season,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces at the American Red Cross. “Through Holiday Mail for Heroes, Americans can help send a touch of home to our men and women in uniform, their families and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans.”

To participate in the campaign, the public can send holiday cards with personal messages to:

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

Cards must be postmarked no later than December 10. Please be sure to affix adequate postage. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages” or monetary gifts; using glitter; or including any inserts with the cards.

The public can also support military members, veterans and their families this year by making an online donation at Donors can add a personal message to one of four holiday cards designed by Amy Grant, Jane Seymour, Miley Cyrus and Dr. Phil McGraw, members of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. The Red Cross will then send the printed holiday card to a military member, veteran or family.

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  • and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not send mail to Any recovering service member at Walter Reed. We cannot accept the mail and it just gets thrown out. Use holiday mail for hereos if you’re going to do this

  • You mean to tell us that you are just throwing away the US Mail of a recovering patient in your hospital?

    I mean that makes so much sense because that is clearly the last thing a injured service member wants – mail from well wishers and most likely from home.

    Hello – Isn’t that a FEDERAL CRIME? Are you reading this Mr. Holder?

    How about return to sender or something? What is wrong with your people?

  • The US Postal Service will not accept mail addressed to “Any Recovering Soldier” etc. since that could be a conduit to someone trying to harm US soldiers (anthrax, etc.)

    See for details

    • I guess I misunderstood.

      I wouldn’t accept anything marked to “Any Recovering Service Member” for the very reasons you stated.

      However if WR is throwing out mail to any (meaning any patient identified by name) service member in their hospital, I stand behind my first post.

  • Okay, so my next question is, how does Holiday Mail for Heroes protect soldiers from someone executing the same kind of nefarious plan against them? And, if there is some safeguard that exists, why is it then not applied to the “Any Wounded Soldier” letters bound for Walter Reed? These are the questions that pop into my mind.

  • you’re better off donating what you can to Fisher House, Wounded Warrior Project, or the like. No offense to those who do it, but mail from a stranger is just that. Mail. A donation to one of those groups can do a lot more good. And if you can’t do that, donate an inexpensive but unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots. All the “tank u, solder!” mail my fiance got was more annoying to figure out what to do with once it was received than anything else.

    Or, find someone you know with a friend/loved one deployed and donate something (or money for something) for a good care package. Mail from someone you don’t know always seemed weird to me.

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