December 13, 2007, - 11:44 am

SAD: Something Else the Terrorists & Anti-War Protesters Killed

By Debbie Schlussel
Thinking of sending a holiday card or letter of thanks to our wounded troops or to just any soldier serving?
Sadly, that deed is now dead. If you send such a letter, it will be returned to you or thrown away unopened:

Hundreds of thousands of holiday cards and letters thanking wounded American troops for their sacrifice and wishing them well never reach their destination. They are returned to sender or thrown away unopened.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks and the anthrax scare, the Pentagon and the Postal Service have refused to deliver mail addressed simply to “Any Wounded Soldier” for fear terrorists or opponents of the war might send toxic substances or demoralizing messages.
Mail must be addressed to a specific member of the armed forces a rule that pains some well-meaning Americans this Christmas season.
“Are we going to forget our soldiers because we are running in fear?” Fena D’Ottavio asked. The suburban Chicago woman was using her blog to encourage friends to send mail to unspecified soldiers until she learned of the ban, which she called a sad commentary on society.
Last season, despite the rule, officials say as many as 450,000 pieces of mail not addressed to anyone in particular managed to reach Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. But they were returned or, if they had no return address, were thrown out altogether, because the hospital lacked the manpower to open and screen all the mail, spokesman Terry Goodman said.
“A lot of this is because of security concerns because it’s unsolicited mail that someone is going to have to go through,” Goodman said. “Also, being a democratic society, there could be inappropriate mail from someone who, say, doesn’t support the war, and then you’ve got a wounded soldier getting it.”
Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, a spokesman with the Army Human Resources Command, said no one tracks the amount of unnamed-soldier mail being returned, so it is impossible to judge the size of the problem.
The busiest part of the holiday season has yet to arrive, but officials said they are receiving far less mail this year addressed simply to “A Recovering American Soldier” or “Any Wounded Soldier.”
Candy Roquemore of Austin, Texas, was also promoting the idea of sending cards to wounded soldiers until she found out about the rule. . . .
She added: “I just wanted to say, `Thank you, sorry you’re hurt, and happy holidays.’” . . .
The USO is one of the organizations the military is encouraging people to support with donations as an alternative to sending cards to unspecified soldiers. The military is also referring people to the American Red Cross and a Defense Department Web site where supporters have posted thousands of messages to troops.
Some groups are offering to forward mail to the troops. Aides to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., are offering to accept letters, screen them through the U.S. Capitol mail operation, and get them to members of the armed forces.

To send one through Senator Sessions’ office, you must include the notation “Christmas Cards for Our Troops,” sending it to:
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions
335 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0104
Attention: Christmas Cards for Our Troops
Or you can send it through E.D. Hill at FOX News:
E.D. Hill
FOX News
1211 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Attention: Christmas Cards for Our Troops
Also, although it is not as touching as sending a handwritten letter or tangible card, you can also post a note to our troops on “To Our Soldiers,” an Army site.

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4 Responses

I can totally understand why the letters can’t be received. Can you imagine a poor soldier getting a nasty letter from some raving lunatic moonbat? It’s just a sad state of affairs that we can no longer trust Americans to be decent. Very sad. In the meantime, I think sending messages via email or a message blog is the way to go. There was also a program where you could send a soldier a dogtag with your own personal message of encouragement engraved on it. I can’t remember where I saw that though.
God bless our troops and bring them home soon.

AmericanJewess on December 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Wow that is incredible. Against the war or not, how can you be such a piece of trash that you would send hate mail to a wounded soldier? Is there no limit to the depths that these people will sink?

Ford Jones on December 13, 2007 at 1:57 pm

I wonder if you could take an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and fold it up in three’s and tape it shut (no envelope). Would they accept that?

PJ on December 13, 2007 at 5:03 pm

This week the bomb squad was called out to the Lake Lanier offices in Atlanta area because of a suspicious box of Christmas cookies.
Sadder and sadder.

Aunt Bea on December 14, 2007 at 8:03 am

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