NOTE – Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service has stopped accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq as of November 17, Defense Department officials said - CLICK HERE for details.
Holiday Cards and Letters
Safety and security reasons no longer allow packages to be addressed to “Any Soldier” or to an entire base in general. The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad. The card campaign includes those working and receiving care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A special P.O. Box address may be found at http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail. Cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9.
Thanking Our Veterans and Military Families
Our Military Families serve too, and you can send them a message of thanks! Visit the USO’s Thanks From Everywhere page and let our Servicemembers, Veterans and Families know they are appreciated. You can also remember our hospitalized veterans in local VA medical centers.
How Our Communities are Showing Their Appreciation
Little Patriots Embraced, a non-profit based in St. Louis, is providing toys for military children. They currently have more than 6,400 children on their waiting list.
Operation Homefont’s TriState Chapter allows communities in the New York/NewJersey/Connecticut area to show their appreciation for military families through their “Adopt a Family” program.
Trees for Troops has been sharing the holiday spirit with our Servicemembers and Military Families since 2005, sending an average of 17,000 Christmas trees per year to more than 60 installations in the US and overseas.