Packages to Walter Reed

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center will not receive letters that are not addressed to a particular soldier by name.

In a statement, the facility said “Walter Reed cannot accept these packages in support of the decision by then Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in 2001. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of patients and staff at medical centers throughout the Department of Defense.”

The decision applies to packages, letters, Christmas cards, or any other mail not addressed to a soldier by name.

Additionally the U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering any mail that is addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier” or “Any Wounded Soldier,” which are the most common recommendations in the eRumors that circulate about sending messages to soldiers at Walter Reed.