WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2006) — Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will stop accepting anonymous holiday gifts and cards for wounded patients there, citing administrative costs and security concerns.
All packages and cards delivered to “any wounded Soldier” at the medical campus will be returned to their senders with a note explaining the program change and suggesting other charities. The change was enacted in the past week.
Thank you all so much for sending cards and letters to our injured soldiers at Walter Reed. Even if you get your card back in the mail, the wounded soldiers certainly know they were sent.
Meanwhile, officials have offered a list of Web sites of other charities where donors can send their gifts:
America Supports You charities
The USO To Our Soldiers
The Red Cross
Rules of what can and cannot be donated vary depending on the organization.
Maj. Gen. George Weightman, commanding general of the medical center, in a statement said the hospital staffers “appreciate everything the general public has done to support our Soldiers.”
Walter Reed has treated more than 5,400 patients from Iraq and Afghanistan over the last five years, about 1,700 of whom have been battle casualties.