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  •  Urban legend alert? (2+ / 0-)
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    Tailspinterry, greenchiledem

    I remember there being a widespread e-mail chain about calling cards for injured vets, and whether they actually needed them or not, Walter Reed was soon flooded with them.

    I don't know where you got your information that Walter Reed vets are in dire need of phone cards, but I suspect that it's a renewal of the same story. I could be completely wrong, in which case I certainly apologize.

    "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

    by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 04:40:52 PM PST

    •  From Stars and Stripes (10+ / 0-)

      Personal products needed for wounded servicemembers at Walter Reed

      Stars and Stripes
      Mideast edition, Friday, December 1, 2006

      Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are seeking donations for wounded troops who are forced to leave behind personal belongings when medically evacuated from war zones.

      Many of the troops "arrive with nothing," said officials from the hospital’s Family Assistance Center. Because of the speed with which the most serious wounded are evacuated from Iraq or Afghanistan, their belongings are often left behind and don’t catch up.

      So the center is looking for everything from shoes, gloves and winter jackets to postage stamps, prepaid phone cards and razors.

      The Family Assistance Center requests that no cash or used items be donated. Among some of the more specialized needs are weightlifting gloves (for use by wheelchair patients); trousers with snaps or zips along the legs; umbrellas; and prepaid gas or grocery cards.

      The center also helps patients file claims for personal belongings that were left behind during a medical evacuation. Loss or damage to items can be reimbursed through the system.

      Donations can be sent to:

      Walter Reed Army Medical Center
      Medical Family Assistance Center
      Bldg. 2, 3rd Floor, Room 3E01
      6900 Georgia Ave, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

      More information on the donation programs and the medical center can be found at:

      "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

      by muledriver on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 04:50:30 PM PST

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