Books for Soldiers

Clearing some space on your bookshelves this holiday season? If you have used (or new) books you no longer want, consider donating them to injured soldiers.

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

Thanks to my favorite author, F. Paul Wilson, for passing on the info and a great idea.

UPDATE: Oops! Looks like “The War on Terror” makes this a bad idea after all! Here is a letter received by a generous person who sent some books to Walter Reed last year (thanks, Tony):

“Walter Reed Army Medical Center appreciates your consideration for our recovering soldiers, addressed to ‘Any woundeed soldier’. Unfortunately WRAMC is unable to accept these packages in support of the decision by the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation policy of 2001.

This decision was made to ensure the safety and well-being of our recovering troops as well as ensuring the safety of our staff at the medical center and throughout the department of defense.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting “Any Service member”, “Any wounded soldier”, or the like as an addressee. Any such posted address depositied into a collection box will not be delivered.

Instead of sending an “Any wounded Soldier” letter or package to WRAMC, please consider making a donation to one or more of the 300 registered non-profit oragnizations dedicated to providing for the needs of the soldiers and their families. You can find the organizations on the “America Supports You” website at www.americasupportsyou.mil

Please pass this notice on to your friends and family to prevent them from spending on postage for an undeliverable item. Your sentiments are greatly appreciated and we hope that you understand or policies as they are in the best interest of those recovering at our facility. Happy Holidays to you and yours.”

F. Paul Wilson confirms that another source verified this as true today  as well.

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