Posted 08-21-2003 at 09:35:25
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I don't normally pass along stuff from my email, but this is an exception. I want to pass along the following for anybody who wants to help our troops (oh, and for you Navy folks, please forgive the old guys' comment. heh heh):
Dear West Point Community throughout the land and overseas,
Our wounded and injured troops are coming into the Washington area from wherever. Intensive care patients from the Middle East are coming from Landstuhl AB, FRG to Walter Reed and to Bethesda for Navy Marines.
Non-intensive patients go to Andrews AFB. All are supported by the American Red Cross (ARC) Office at Walter Reed who try to provide patients with incidentals that the Services aren't positioned to issue.
We want these troops to know WE CARE and want to HELP them in their recovery and return home.
For several years now Mary Kay Salomone wife Col. J.L.Salomone Cl '65 has been corralling, from around the Country, comfort items for the troops in Iraq. Likewise, a group at Ft. Bragg, via Classmate Jack Cox, have been trying to ease the pain of our wounded arriving in Landstuhl awaiting shipment to Walter Reed, Andrews and Bethesda.
Currently, the ARC Office is running short of supplies and funds, so we are attempting to pick up the slack and help them. These needs will be on-going with no end in sight. So I am asking the entire West Point Community to get involved. I know many of you have contributed generously already - which is hugely appreciated! But now, we must continue to support all three functions on a long term basis. This is our national responsibility, from the people, which we West Pointers can and should lead. Over 200 war related patients are presently at WR. 1200 plus have been treated so far.
Not to belabor this petition, I have put together a list of items (below) from the ARC Office and from Mary Kay to show you the needs.
Please review it and see how you, your family, your church, corporation, community, MOAA Chapter, the AOG, etc. can help. Together we can do it!
These soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen deserve our care and concern and in reality - much more!
Beat Navy! Gene Mechling Cl '49 Cullum 17328
Telephone Cards 30 minutes on each would be sufficient for the U.S.
You can buy them at most grocery stores for $6-8 a piece.
Disposable cameras for their use - go for $10 -15 each.
Men's clothing-new Small, Medium, Large
T-shirts, shorts, sweat pants, sweat shirts
Underwear-both boxer and briefs and sweat socks.
Women's clothing- Small, Medium, Large
same as for men plus sports bras.
Snacks commercial individually wrapped would be wonderful (such as cookies, chips, crackers) for the Welcome Bag that each soldier gets.
Pairs of various size shower flip flops.
Boxes of note cards for letter writing
Pairs of athletic shorts
Collegiate logo T-shirts
Ideas for you to expand on
A Cleveland USO lady is sending shirts (the Cleveland Indians are giving her a bunch). She has international phone cards that she is sending to Landstuhl. She is trying to get shorts and sneakers and sweats as well.
A party in Denver is talking to shoe manufacturers asking for sneakers for our wounded.
The national chaplain for the VFW Women's Auxilary is working on getting as many international phone cards as possible for our wounded troops at Landstuhl AB, Germany.
Burger King coupons are bell ringers as are disposable cameras. Kodak gave about 50. We need more.
Such things as books of stamps, the cards and candy etc. to spoil them (they deserve it).
American Red Cross
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave NW
Washington DC 20307