12/19/2004: And speaking of more than symbolic gestures....
After all, anyone can put a "Support the Troops" yellow ribbon on their car, but ultimately does that mean jack shit? If you've decided to put your money where your mouth is (and good for you if you have!), you may be interested in this bit of news from The Urban Legend Reference Pages. Apparently, a call for donations of prepaid long distance phone cards for wounded soldiers being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been so successful that the Family Assistance Unit and Red Cross offices at Walter Reed are about up to their necks in prepaid phone cards--so many that they may not be able to use all of them before they expire. So if you're thinking about donating a phone card to Walter Reed--don't. At least not now; you can follow the first link given above to find out the addresses you can contact and when you should consider asking them what they need.
In the meantime, if you want to do something now (and again, good for you if you want to!), you can consider giving to the Red Cross--be aware that this support can be used for all servicemembers, not just the wounded at Walter Reed (and let's face it, all servicemembers can use our support, after all). Or consider a donation to the USO. Or go to this webpage, maintained by the service newspaper Stars and Stripes, which lists a number of ways you can help show your support.
Len on 12.19.04 @ 08:54 AM CST