Saturday, October 25, 2008

Support the Troops - A Challenge

I've wondered at what I see as I drive to work every day. I see the yellow ribbons proclaiming support for the troops. I wonder if the support is more than the do-nothing-more-than-purchase-a-magnet-and-display-it effort. This is better than actively denouncing their actions in the two wars we are currently fighting. How much better, though? A bumper sticker or Tee-Shirt may not be enough. There is so much we could be doing to actually support these forces who are putting so much on the line for us.

Really, we have options available to us if we just seek out the opportunities.

The following Military Hospitals are known to have been treating wounded Troops from various battle zones. They are in need of: phone cards, disposable cameras, magazines, music and video CD's, tapes and DVD's, individually wrapped snacks, candy, microwave popcorn, bottled water, writing instruments, xBox games (new or used) paper and envelopes, etc. Lansstuhl expecially needs basic clothing since they are the initial staging point for wounded out of Iraq. Send items to:

Naval Medical Center, San Diego
ATTN: Marine Liaison Office
34800 Bob Wilson Drive
San Diego, CA 92134-5000

Walter Reed Medical Family Assistance Center (MEDFAC)
6900 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
(202) 782-2071 or toll free 1-866-546-1310,
BLDG. 2, Third Floor, Room 3E01.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Attn: MCEUL-CH/Chaplains Office
CMR 402
APO AE 09180

Brooks Army Medical Center
ATTN: Judeth Markelz, Army Community Services
2010 Stanley Road, STE 95,
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5095

National Naval Medical Center
ATTN: SSGT Jeremiah M. Holland, USMC
Marine Liaison
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20889

Tripler Army Medical Center PAO
1 Jarrett White Road
Honolulu, HI 96859
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