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I got this via email from a friend of mine in the Army. (I read Stars and Stripes almost every day when I was overseas.)

Personal products needed for wounded servicemembers at Walter Reed

Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Friday, December 1, 2006

Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are seeking donations for wounded troops who are forced to leave behind personal belongings when medically evacuated from war zones.

Many of the troops "arrive with nothing," said officials from the hospital's Family Assistance Center. Because of the speed with which the most serious wounded are evacuated from Iraq or Afghanistan, their belongings are often left behind and don't catch up.

So the center is looking for everything from shoes, gloves and winter jackets to postage stamps, prepaid phone cards and razors.

The Family Assistance Center requests that no cash or used items be donated. Among some of the more specialized needs are weightlifting gloves (for use by wheelchair patients); trousers with snaps or zips along the legs; umbrellas; and prepaid gas or grocery cards.

The center also helps patients file claims for personal belongings that were left behind during a medical evacuation. Loss or damage to items can be reimbursed through the system.

Donations can be sent to:

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Medical Family Assistance Center
Bldg. 2, 3rd Floor, Room 3E01
6900 Georgia Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2001

More information on the donation programs and the medical center can be found at:



1. Address for sending donated items (do not send money):

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Medical Family Assistance Center
6900 Georgia Avenue N.W.
Bldg 2, Room 3E01, 3 Floor
Attn: Katrina Scriber
Washington, D.C. 20307

Items may be mailed or dropped off at the above address Monday thru Friday 7:00 am thru 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am thru 4:00 pm

2. The following items are wish list items that are specifically needed by patients and their families at WRAMC. This is not a charity so please no used items, and please do not send any monetary donations.

Suggested Items:
Pre-packaged candy, cookies, and crackers (No Homemade)
Weight lifting Gloves ( for wheelchair bound patients)
Electric Razors
Squishy Pillows
Stamps, Stationery and Envelopes
Carry-on Luggage (Any size, Preferably Solid Black and on Wheels)
DVD's (use your discretion, action to comedy)
Shoes - Winter Boots Children of Soldiers(Male/Female), Sizes 5-12
Coats Children of Soldiers (Male/Female), Sizes 5-16
Portable DVD Players
Business Card Organizers
Adult Raincoats for (Female Soldiers)
Breakaway Pants (Snaps along the legs)
Flannel PJ's (Male and Female Sizes S, M, and L)
Hats, Gloves and Scarves for (Soldiers' Children/ Sizes 5-16)
Hats, Gloves and Scarves for (Soldiers, Adult Male/Female)
Winter Boots for Female Soldiers (Sizes 8, 8.5, 9,9.5 10)
All Black Back-Packs with either a single strap for amputees or regular double-
Zippered Hooded Sweatshirt Jackets (M, L, X-Large)
Winter Coats for Female Soldiers (M, L, X-Large, XX-Large)
Prepaid Gas Cards
Prepaid Food Cards
Prepaid Gift Cards

3. Monetary donations are accepted by the following organizations:

The Walter Reed Society
Post Office Box 59611
Walter Reed Station
Washington, DC 20012-6607

WRAMC Chaplains' Fund
Operation helping Hand
Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care
Room 3C07
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307

WRAMC Fisher House at Walter Reed AMC
ATTN: Vivian Wilson
Building 56
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307
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baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: December 15th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
thank you.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 15th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You're welcome.

Grar... I never got a notification about this comment. LJ is making too many changes right now; they should have waited till after the holidays.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 16th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, so now I get this message. *shakes fist* Curse you, LJ gods!
trinker From: trinker Date: December 16th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'd like to forward this to a few lj communities.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 16th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC) (base camp)
Please do.
5 trips or shoot the rapids