Barack and his team have asked all those who plan to celebrate his inauguration next Tuesday to spend some time participating in a service project to benefit their communities. Across the US, people will be taking advantage of the Martin Luther Kind Day holiday on Monday to clean up local schools, plant trees, or visit hospitals.
Throughout the campaign, Americans Abroad participated as full citizens in this election, registering to vote, volunteering and casting their ballots in record numbers. I want to make sure that now we show the same commitment to service - Democrats Abroad asks Americans living overseas to write letters and send care packages to injured American service men and women in military hospitals.
These brave individuals have served their country and suffered for it. Whatever you think of the war in Iraq, one of the great disgraces of the Bush administration has been a failure to care properly for those who have been wounded in that conflict. Improving care for veterans, including creatign a new GI Bill and expanding the healthcare for those with mental illness related to their service was one of Barack Obama's signature issues in the Senate. Let's honor him by saluting the idea that our service men and women deserve our care and attention. And maybe a few chocolate bars and shampoo bottles wouldn't go amiss either.
For those who will be writing from home, please find the addresses to which letters, cards and packages can be sent directly, below. I'll be participating in DC as part of the Democrats Abroad global day of service - folks here in London can participate at the Texas Embassy on inauguration day.
Address for the Platoon (in Iraq):
F Co (PFDR)/2-10 AVN
APO AE 09393 USA
Care Packages: The wounded especially appreciate chocolate and cologne. Other items needed include: new DVDs (no extreme violence); new CDs (no violent lyrics or profanity); new portable CD players with headphones; new washcloths, hand towels and bath towel s (dark colors are best); lip balm (Mentholatum, chapstick, etc.); mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner and hair gel (travel size only); toothbrushes and bar soap travel holders; mint and cinnamon chewing gum; new duffle bags; new men's and women's boxer shorts/underwear; new sweatshirts and sweat pants; new T-shirts; baseball caps, etc.
Please Send to Care Packages to:
Staff Sergeant Scott Jordan
Wounded Warriors Landstuhl
Wendelinusstr Apt 4
Brook Army Medical Center
Attn: Gift Coordinator
3851 Roger Brook Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 USA
Note – this is where the amputee clinic is and some letters here would also be greatly appreciated
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington , D.C. 20307-5001 USA