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December 21, 2004, 5:15 P.M.

In a recent post I mentioned that injured soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center could use, among other things, phone cards so that they could make calls home over the holidays. The federal government and the military currently do not pay for long distance phone calls for soldiers in military hospitals, including Walter Reed. Wounded soldiers and sailors must pay for their own long distance calls. We can all help by sending phone cards, in any denomination, to:

Medical Family Assistance Center
Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

These cards will be distributed and will allow our wounded service personnel to call home for the holidays. Steve Clemons has more information on the issue on his site, The Washington Note. Radio personality, Don Imus, upon hearing of the problem pledged to send $10,000 worth of cards.

I am going to see if I can determine if wounded personnel in other hospitals can use similar assistance. If so, I will try to get an address where help can be sent.

Giving to and helping soldiers and sailors is, and should be a non-political, non-partisan issue. Please also remember to carefully research any agency professing to help or send aid to our troops. There are a lot of scams out there, so try to make sure that your money is going where you want it to go.

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