A great Christmas gift idea

The number ONE request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards.  The government doesnąt pay LD phone charges and these guys, many of them amputees, are rationing their calls home.

Many will be there throughout the holidays.

Send phone cards of any amount to:

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

From Eric Bagai - Chapter 72
 
Here's the poop on pre-paid calling cards for wounded and hospitalized US military people. 
This takes a little explaining, so stay with me.
 
The various branches each have their own support groups that supply pre-paid calling cards to deployed & overseas troops.  However, there is one support group, the Fisher House Foundation, that supplies cards to the wounded and hospitalized rather than to active duty troops in general or to those in a specific branch of the military.
 
There are two ways of getting pre-paid calling cards to Fisher House.
 
1. Buy cards locally, put them in an envelope, and send them to:
    Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc.
    1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
    Rockville, MD 20852
 
2. Order cards on-line, making them directly available to Fisher House.
The web procedure is a little complicated, but not impossible. 
 
First, click on the link here https://thor.milexch.com/scs/default.aspx.
 
Read the general description of cards available, and then scroll down to the section that says
  FOR DEPLOYED, WOUNDED AND HOSPITALIZED SERVICE MEMBERS
and click on that link.
 
You will now see the order form for pre-paid cards.  Find the icon for the number of minutes and number of cards that you want to purchase, and click on its "purchase" button.
 
This takes you to the form where you fill out payment information.  The top of that page has all the various support groups listed, and the one for Fisher House will already be checked, or it should be.  Fill out the required payment information and complete the purchase, and Fisher House will get a card to give to a wounded or hospitalized member of the armed forces so that they can call home.  They also provide cards to service people in stateside hospitals located far from their families.
 
Sorry, but that's the easiest way to do it on-line.
 
Why is this a particularly good idea?  Because:
    A. The VA does not cover long distance costs.
    B. This is a way we can support the vets without supporting the war. 
    C. It is a kind and charitable thing to do, and you'll feel better for it.
 
FYI, Fisher House has some 32 hostels situated near Military and VA hospitals around the world, where they put up visiting families for $10 per night, or less.  Fisher House also buys airline tickets for families that otherwise can't afford the cost of visiting their hospitalized military family members.
 
As a charitable foundation, they have 93% flow-though, which means that only 7% of the funds they raise go for administration and fundraising.  Among such foundations, 85% flow-through is considered good.  One of their big supporters is Paul Newman's collection of food manufacturers.
 
You can find out more about them on their web site: www.fisherhouse.org

 

Eric

VFP Chapter 72 - Oregon