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Old 11-11-2007, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Do NOT send cards to " Any Soldier at Walter Reed Hospital"

Email is running rampant all over the US to send holiday cards to "Any Soldier" at Walter Reed Hospital. They will NOT deliver anon. mail addressed to "Any Soldier", so save your time and money. They will only deliver cards addressed to real patients with real names there. If you get the email suggesting that, notify your sender and send them this link to Snopes. This tells the real story.

The Snopes link also has 3 links inside of it, curteousy of Walter Reed Hospital, with places you can get ahold of that would benefit from your holiday help in other ways.
Here's the link: (try to help bump this at the top or "make sticky"- I don't know how to do that...) Thank you.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/chris...ldiercards.asp
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:55 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing this...i've gotten so many of the emails myself and i haven't had time to check out snopes yet. I'll forward this to everyone in my email list!!
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One of the programs mentioned in one of the links from Walter Reed's website is Operation Quiet Comfort.

Diane/DSL881 has a card drive thread in Need a Lift about Operation Quiet Comfort--for those who would like to send a note of encouragement to wounded soldiers, this program would be a great choice:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=277726
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Thank you for the heads up, I just emailed my SIL the Snoops address so she can read for herself.

I've gotten this email twice this week.
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One of the programs mentioned in one of the links from Walter Reed's website is Operation Quiet Comfort.

Diane/DSL881 has a card drive thread in Need a Lift about Operation Quiet Comfort--for those who would like to send a note of encouragement to wounded soldiers, this program would be a great choice:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=277726

I'll send my SIL this address instead, thanks for the link!
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Oh thanks for sharing this. At the moment my Sunday School class is working on sending cards of encouragement and phone cards to the soldiers of families in our church. Several of us, send to other soldiers as well...so this is good info to have.
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Good to know - received that email last week and can't remember if I forwarded it or not but did inform the person who emailed it to me...who is usually pretty careful about checking things out but this seemed harmless enough to pass on...
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Ok I JUST got that email.. glad I saw this!!
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Ok I JUST got that email.. glad I saw this!!
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I check so many emails with Snopes--I have some very gullible friends who pass on everything! Thanks for the heads up.
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Thank goodness you posted this Becs....
I was going to if I got another E asking to send cards.
Please send as Holly posted -

Diane/DSL881 has a card drive thread in Need a Lift about Operation Quiet Comfort--for those who would like to send a note of encouragement to wounded soldiers, this program would be a great choice:

//www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...d.php?t=277726
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I check so many emails with Snopes--I have some very gullible friends who pass on everything! Thanks for the heads up.
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Ditto. I can't believe the malarkey that is spread around just because people won't take a minute to check it out. Snopes is so very, very useful.
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I check so many emails with Snopes--I have some very gullible friends who pass on everything! Thanks for the heads up.
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Ditto. And you would think they would learn because I always send them back the link from Snopes showing them that its garbage.

I received the WRAMC email three times over the last week or so. The last one I replied to all letting them know that it was not true.

Thanks for the links to valid programs.
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LOL, I've found that some folks get offended when I reply with the Snopes link. Almost as if I'm calling them stupid. Hey, I'm not! And it's so easy to see why stampers would jump all over this email; we are such a caring lot and would love to have outlets for our work that are meaningful...

I just got one of the WR emails yesterday with a HUGE bunch of recipients in the TO line. So I did a "reply all" and sent all of them to Snopes. At least giving the bad news with a place they CAN send cards to lessens the sting...
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Think of all the time and effort going into the trash from people that didn't know!
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[quote=MSBetsyZ;7699655]LOL, I've found that some folks get offended when I reply with the Snopes link. Almost as if I'm calling them stupid. /quote]

This makes me sound a little mean but I sent them back the Snopes links, too. If they think I'm calling them stupid, so be it. Maybe they'll quit sending me bogus emails, then. Maybe they'll get smart and start checking Snopes before they fill other people's mailboxes with garbage. Maybe I'm just cranky cuz I never had my coffee today.... Nah. Just drives me nuts when I get bogus stuff that takes me 2 seconds to check out when they could have done it themselves first.
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Not all emails that are bogus come across as obviously bogus however. Once upon a time you could send cards to "Any Soldier" that was pretty much stationed anywhere. I know because my husband would get dozens a year when he was still active duty.
All I can say is that it's sad that we can't do that anymore and maybe the person that started the Walter Reed email actually had good if misconstrued intentions.
When i inform somebody of something through snopes, it isn't because i'm irritated that they didn't take two seconds to check it out themselves it's simply to inform them.
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If people want to send mail to any soldier, check out anysoldier.com Its a legit site to get names of our troops to send mail to. I've been using them for a few years to send packages to.
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BTT, made a bunch of cards and sent them through a group that sends them to the guys and gals overseas.
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I started a post about this a couple weeks ago with a great link for sending cards to WR. I think the website was operationpal.com, but let me go look for it....
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Found it! http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=299234

But I also bumped it
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FYI - The Department of Defense no longer accepts mail addressed "To any soldier". Here is a press release from the postal service about how to mail to servicemen. From what I gather - you have to address mail to a specific individual - and you shouldn't address it with the country name on it, just the military address or it may end up in the foreign country's mail system instead.

http://www.usps.com/communications/n..._2007_1023.htm
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Wow! I just copied that address down from an email I got from my pastor! Thanks for letting everyone know.
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IF YOU GO TO THE LINK IN MY POST, THERE IS A SITE THAT LISTS SOLDIERS AT WR WHO HAVE REQUESTED CARDS (OR THEIR FAMILIES HAVE). IF YOU SEND THE ORGANIZATION A CARD WITH THAT SOLDIER'S NAME, THEY WILL FORWARD IT ON FOR YOU!

ALSO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE, I HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO ARE SPOUSES OF MARINES IN IRAQ. I AM GETTING TOGETHER A BOX OF BLANK CHRISTMAS CARDS TO SEND TO THEM (AND THE OTHERS IN THE SAME AREA - THEY HAVE OFFERED TO DISTRIBUTE - SO THEY CAN HAVE NICE CARDS TO SEND TO THEIR FAMILIES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE SEND ME A PM AND I WILL GIVE YOU MY ADDRESS FOR THIS. I NEED THE CARDS NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE MONTH.
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If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a
thankyou card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is
currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will
go to some member of the armed services.

These are hand drawn cards made by students. This is the snopes site-
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/letssaythanks.asp
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