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My husband is a wartime veteran. David, a Navy electrician and MP for collateral duty, was stationed in Bahrain during Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War under President Clinton. David has talked extensively about how lonely the nights would get at times. Being out at sea on a darkened ship at night affords a person much time to think about how alone they are.
He has talked many times about laying on the ship’s deck, staring up at a sky full of stars and thinking. He made many major life decisions surrounded by stars rather than family. David is close to his family and bounces most major decisions off his mom, even now. He missed having that luxury more times than once. It’s a lonely life a man or woman can have in the military. They leave behind their families. Many of these soldiers are so young that it’s the first time of experiencing any real separation from their parents, their siblings or friends. Some of these soldiers have their own families they have left behind – their own children, husbands or wives. They answer the call of duty and are sent where the government tells them to go to defend our freedom (and sometimes, the freedom of others) in terrifying situations. I can only imagine how much these soldiers miss their families – the very support many of us take for granted when we have decisions to make or just need a hug.
This Christmas, you can let these soldiers know that you are thinking of them and that the citizens of their nation are supporting the troops. You can send a Soldier a Card. You may have heard you can send a card to a recovering soldier at the Walter Reed Army Medical center, however this is a hoax. Well, not exactly a hoax as much as it was a well-intentioned effort that went awry (Check it out on Snopes). For security reasons, the post office cannot deliver mail to an unknown soldier.
However, because so many people were interested in sending cards to soldiers for the holidays, Red Cross partnered with Pitney Bowes to institute a program where you CAN send a card to a service person, even if you don’t have a name. The Red Cross only accepts cards (no letters, etc) until December 9th (this year). After that date, Pitney Bowes closes the mailbox and screens all cards hazardous materials. Red Cross volunteers also remove the cards from envelopes and review them before distributing them to service members, veterans, and their families. They do this to keep all our soldiers safe.
Here are the card guidelines:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
- All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- We encourage participants to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.
- Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery
The address to send the cards (before Dec 9, 2011) isHoliday Mail For Heroes
You can learn more about the Holiday Mail for Heroes on the Red Cross website
Be sure to check out some of our other Christmas posts that may interest you.
I am a WAHM of four kids. A Florida transplant to Minnesota (yes, I did that backwards), I enjoy time with my family. I love to try new products and sharing my opinion of them. We are all gamers in our family and love computers, Xbox and all things electronic.