Wednesday, December 10, 2008



This holiday season, Americans can send soldiers and wounded troops greeting cards — even if they don't know their names.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax attacks, the Pentagon required that mail addressed to "any soldier" be returned to the sender, leaving Americans without a way to send mail to soldiers whose names they didn't know.

But for a second year, an American Red Cross program is allowing the public to send holiday greeting cards that aren't addressed to a particular soldier. The cards will be screened, sorted and distributed to military hospitals and bases nationally and overseas in time for the holidays.


From Tuesday through Dec. 10, the public can send their greeting cards, with adequate postage and a return address, to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, Md. 20791-5456. To speed delivery, mailers should not send care packages, money or any inserts, including glitter.

They can also download cards from the American Red Cross Web site to print out and send to the program's address. This year, a Facebook Web page allows Internet users to post greetings online so the Red Cross can print the messages on cards and distribute them to troops.

HERE is the story from the AP.

(ps if you're wondering about the weird post titles, I'm trying to include as many search terms as possible based on what my site meter says people are using to find this information)


and it seems by blog son Doc has tagged me...

The rules are: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

So, the closest book to me is Touching History by Lynn Spencer. (I actually finished this excellent and riveting book some time ago but was just getting ready to send it to a friend...)

"The traffic and radio chatter were normal until they got in the vicinity of New York."

And I know I'm supposed to tag 5 other bloggers, but I don't like to intrude... Most Certainly Not, Trying to Grok, Mrs. G at Mudville Gazette, Dave at ThirdWaveDave and Chuck at From My Position... on the Way. Not that I think they'll respond, but it would be interesting to see what's close at hand...

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At 11/14/2008 11:26 AM , Blogger Trish | eMailOurMilitary said...

We've kicked off our 7th Annual Holiday Mail to our Troops project. Hope to see you there and participating.

The eMail Our Military Website: eMail Our Military

At 11/14/2008 2:46 PM , Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

Yay, thanks, I usually don't respond to tags either but this one was painless and my brain wasn't thinking in blogging terms last night.

At 11/15/2008 2:03 PM , Blogger Kathi said...

I just finished Touching History , it Was riveting.
LOL, KY Woman tagged me, I usually never do it either, I tagged Sean....and so it goes.He's right, it was painless....and I've been enjoying following the threads to see who's got what close to hand.

At 12/03/2008 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


At 12/11/2008 11:25 PM , Blogger Mrs Greyhawk said...

Ok the closest book is one my daughter is using to do her research paper.

pg. 56, sentence 5-7

"One emergent answer is that he
'seizes the night" by creating a ghost of his dead father (or, if one prefers the weak version of this argument, he uses a ghost previously created by a handful of disaffected soldiers who have also been sidelined by the new reign and who are likewise longing for return of the old order). In other words, a ghost doesn't just happen to show up to get Hamlet out of a tight spot; rather, to use Horatio's terms, Hamlet "waxes desperate with imagination" (1.4.64). And what pops up as a result of this "lunacy"(in the sense of moon-like waxing) is a ghost whose knowledge may simply indicate that Hamlet's "imaginations are as foul / As Vulcan's stithy" [smithy] (3.2.76-77).

Okay that's all (I suck at typing)

Book title is "Understanding Hamlet" A Stufent Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

At 12/12/2008 9:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many soldiers saw their combat tours extended to 15 months in 2008; many of them returned home for only about a year before facing another deployment.

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At 12/15/2008 6:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


At 12/22/2008 6:12 PM , Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

I should be heading out there around New Years, hopefully I don't get snowed in, just wanted to wish you guys a Merry Christmas before the big day.

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