Hugh Hewitt posted this on his blog and I think it is a wonderfull heartwarming idea.
Finally, from a naval officer I respect a great deal, an e-mail on how to aid wounded troops in the two weeks left before Christmas:
"Yellow ribbons tied around trees and red, white and blue stickers on the backs SUVs saying "Support our Troops" are things that make civilians feel good but do nothing for the men and women actually in uniform.
So please consider the following:
The number ONE request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards. The government doesn't pay long distance phone charges and these wounded soldiers are rationing their calls home.
Many will be there throughout the holidays.
Really support our troops --Send phone cards of any amount to:
Medical Family Assistance Center Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001
They say they need an "endless" supply of these -- any amount even $5 is greatly appreciated.
Walmart has good prices on AT&T cards, Sams Club is even better, if you are a member.
I am sure you would feel better about doing this, than to buy something for a third cousin, that would find it on the closet shelf six months later, and wonder where it came from.
Please pass this portion on, copy and paste it into your e-mail."
Heads up "old soldier war story" dead ahead>> Back in my day phone cards had not been conceived yet. Making calls entailed doing so collect or engaging in a full frontal assault on an unsuspecting pay phone with a large purple Crown Royal bag of quarters. Many of the servicemen at Walter Reed are not ambulatory and/or do not have immediate access to a pay phone or a Crown Royal bag.
Please in this season of giving consider sending a phone card to a wounded G.I.