There are men and women who won’t be going home for Thanksgiving.  They’re recovering from battle wounds and many will also not spend Christmas at home.  An old friend dropped me a line and suggested if I’m mailing Christmas cards this year, I include at least one for a wounded warrior.

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In past years I’ve sent cards to troops overseas and did my best to include a personal note of appreciation for the sacrifices being made.  A man at a grocery store last month told me he has a son who has had 16 deployments the last 18 years.  These are men and women who also aren’t getting time with families.  They’re answering the call.

What moved me was how grateful many of the wounded were when I just sat down and spent several minutes with them in conversation.

The summer before the medical mission at the old Walter Reed Medical Center closed, I participated with a group serving barbecue for the wounded at the hospital.  What moved me was how grateful many of the wounded were when I just sat down and spent several minutes with them in conversation.

The men and women were then later moved to Fort Belvoir and Bethesda.  The old courtyard at Walter Reed was no longer available for picnics.  You can brighten a life by addressing a card and sending it to the following address:

A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda MD 20889

This time of year I’m reminded of what Churchill said about the Royal Air Force after the Battle of Britain.  “Never was so much owed by so many to so few!”