Merry Christmas from the Army

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I got this card from Bruce Higdon, an Army veteran and talented cartoonist who spends his spare time visiting wounded troops at military and veteran hospitals around the world. He recently returned from a ten day visit with the troops in Washington, D.C., Landstuhl (Germany), Kuwait and Iraq. Thought I would share his card with you (he gave me permission).

higdon card

Bruce also sent a note that is just beautiful, and I hope you all take it to heart. I sure did.

I am sending you all a very unusual request for Christmas. Many of you send Christmas cards to my family and me each year. I appreciate those, so very much.

This year, however, I would ask that, instead, you send a card to a wounded soldier, sailor, marine, airman, or coast guardsman, or one serving on active duty overseas. The spirit of Christmas is to share the joys of peace, prosperity and friendship with those who are lacking.

Our troops overseas are sacrificing their all, so that we may enjoy the tranquility and hope (of) the holiday season. By doing so, they will be separated from their families and loved ones. They will eat their holiday dinners in a lonely, often hostile environment.

So, while you are purchasing or designing Christmas cards this year, remember to buy or print a few extra for someone who could use a cup of cheer . . . our defenders of freedom.

May each of you have a wonderful holiday, and may the New Year bring something special to each of you.

The following addresses are ways to remember our troops this holiday season.

Thank you.

If you would like to send email greetings, visit the Xerox site: www.LetsSayThanks.com. This one only takes a minute to pick out a card, a message, and have Xerox print it off and send it to a soldier.

If you would like to pick a military member from a list of those who do not get a lot of mail, www.anysoldier.com will allow you to send greetings to a specific individual who has stated they would like to receive mail.

If you would like to send a gift of needed items to a soldier, or facility, visit www.soldiersangels.com.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, located in Germany, is usually the first actual military hospital wounded soldiers are taken to after they’ve been evacuated from the Middle East. Sometimes, they are further evacuated stateside after a few weeks, and sometimes they return to duty.

To any injured service member
Care of: Landstuhl Red Cross
CMR 402 Box 2234
APO AE 09180
Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, TX, also allows people to send cards, letters, and donations to injured service members that are treated there.

Any injured service member
Care of: American Red Cross Office
3851 Roger Brooke Dr.
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD allows people to send cards or letters to wounded Marines or Sailors at the following address.
Any injured service member
Care of: RADM Jeffries, Commander
National Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20889

You can also send cards and letters to injured service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. If you send anything, it must be addressed to the American Red Cross offices or it will be returned and/or destroyed!

Any injured service member
Care of: American Red Cross Office
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Av. NW
Washington, D.C. 20307
Thanks for supporting our troops.

Bruce

Please support the USO: http://uso.org

Thanks, Bruce. You, my friend, have truly captured the spirit of the season.

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