A few days ago, I received and email from a friend that had a wonderful idea attached to it. While sending your holiday cards out, make sure to send some to those wonderful folks who had been cross seas putting their lives on the line in honor of our country. This is what the email says:
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
If you approve, please pass it on.
Well, today I decided to clean out my inbox and came across the email again and something made me stop and think. It's gotten to be my habit to check anything like this out before passing because there have been a couple times when I was made to look a fool by passing info that wasnt correct. My general source of all confirmation is snopes. Infact, that's one of my mantras "Snopes is your friend"... and this is the link that Snopes had on it: http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp . As you can see from that link, that last little bit regarding how to address the cards is not correct.
I was going to just leave it like that when I remembered another email from a different friend who had information on how Snopes isnt all that it's cracked up to be. I told that friend, then fine...dont pass info unless it's been researched and that they might want to let their friends know that too. This way it didnt come back at them. So I dutifully researched the information on the Snopes site and found this: http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil/NewsAndEvents/media/resource/Lists/wrarticles/DispForm.aspx?Id=65&
It's got a couple links in the last paragraph if you want more information on the program. It also gives you the proper address to send these cards and to whom they should be addressed.
If you want to make sure one (or several) of our past and present people in uniform get a nice thank you, please, please, please make sure it's addressed properly.
EDIT: 5:18pm: ride stats
Calories burned: 359.6
trip miles: 10.27
ave mph: 20.54