Support the Wounded Veterans at Walter Reed-Fiction!
Send a Letter to "A Recovering American Soldier" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:The brief email gives the address for the famous Walter Reed Army Medical Center and suggests that you include "A Recovering American Soldier" on your Christmas card list.
The Truth:The Walter Reed Army Medical Center will not receive letters that are not addressed to a particular soldier by name.
The American Red Cross does have a program called "Holiday Mail for Heroes" where service members can get holiday cards from those wishing to send them holiday greetings. The deadline to send your card is December 6, 2013. Click this link for details and information.
Also, the USO has a holiday box program that supports our troops all year long with four different boxes, The holidays according to the USO website are "Valentine’s Day/Football; Memorial Day/Summer/Fourth of July; Halloween/Thanksgiving and Winter (with Christmas and Hanukah add-ons)" Click this link for more information.
This eRumor went viral on the Internet during the Christmas holiday season in 2008 and every year we get questions asking us if it is true.
In a statement, the facility said "Walter Reed cannot accept these packages in support of the decision by then Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in 2001. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of patients and staff at medical centers throughout the Department of Defense."
The decision applies to packages, letters, Christmas cards, or any other mail not addressed to a soldier by name.
Additionally the U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering any mail that is addressed to "A Recovering American Soldier" or "Any Wounded Soldier," which are the most common recommendations in the eRumors that circulate about sending messages to soldiers at Walter Reed.
Posted 11/17/08 Updated 11/05/13
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
A Great Idea!!!
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
Washington D.C. 20307-5001
PASS it on!!