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(Red Cross)   If you want to send a Christmas Card to a random US serviceman, here is how to do it. The US military will NOT deliver anything addressed to "Any US Soldier". Hurry, deadline is 12/7   (redcross.org) divider line 20
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2012-12-01 04:01:47 PM  
4 votes:
-Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program
-Do not send or include letters.
-The program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
-Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process


Jesus Christ, they have less stringent mail laws in prison. What's the point in even bothering?
2012-12-02 12:54:55 AM  
3 votes:

obamadidcoke: Dear Soldier,

The war that you are fighting should have ended a decade ago. It has only been continued because it allows U.S. government officials to raid the treasury to support the military industrial complex which in turn funnels money into their campaigns . Meanwhile as you sweat and bleed in the desert, your most senior commander was caught in an affair. Instead of facing justice under the UCMJ he was sent to Afghanistan so that he would be out of the public eye until his criminal activity is forgotten. This affair was discovered as a result of the investigation of a former senior commander's affair. These relationships are a violation of the very same UCMJ that will be used to imprison you if you are involved in a combat action that the American press deems unacceptable.

Christmas for Americans is traditionally a time for families to be together, yet you are denied even this simple pleasure so that the politicians can continue to erode out civil rights and the wealthy can book more profits on the backs of you and your fellow citizens. I know that you joined our armed forces because you love your country and you want your life to have meaning. Unfortunately your noble sacrifice has been co opted by the greed of a ruling class that will accuse you of "just wanting a handout" when you attempt to use the benefits that you so rightly deserve.

Meanwhile this Christmas the news media focuses on people lined up for "black friday deals," while your comrades corpses are dumped into their graves with scarcely a mention in their hometown paper. Americans have forgotten you.

This Christmas I urge you to do the right thing. Look around you, see the suffering that our ruling class is causing to the innocent. I also urge you to understand that your enemy is not the people of Afghanistan. They want only the opportunity to live without the constant fear of a so called surgical strikes that kill more civilians than combatants.

Please help put a stop to this imoral waste of life and treasure in the way that only you can. Refuse to go on patrols, refuse to maim and kill civilians, and target your field grade and general officers. It is the only moral choice.

God Bless you and Merry Christmas,

A Veteran

/Let's see if the Red Cross will deliver this


How is encouraging insider assassinations of flag officers going to help things in Afghanistan? You suggest that we should be valuing and treasuring life, yet you suggest we violate others' lives by murdering them?
2012-12-02 01:52:27 AM  
2 votes:

obamadidcoke: How is encouraging insider assassinations of flag officers going to help things in Afghanistan? You suggest that we should be valuing and treasuring life, yet you suggest we violate others' lives by murdering them?

I'm only suggesting valuing innocent life. Senior military officers are people who have dedicated their professional lives to killing.

I think if you want to see good effect on target you should aim artillery shells at BN and BDE Cp s. Seeing all computers and video screens explode followed by a rain of flaming officer parts would be way more entertaining than blowing up a mud hut full of women and children. I also think that a few high profile fraggings might reignite intrest in the war. It also might help these officers get a feel for the real risks of war. Remember, the only General who died in Afghanistan was a long time smoker who had a heart attack.


Scott Roeder? Is that you? Or is it Timothy McVeigh? I can never tell the difference between you militant assclowns who think the solution to violence is more violence.

Also, be forewarned, I may forward this chain to the local JAG for encouraging soldiers to murder their commanders in cold blood. I may not. I guess you'll have to wait for the cops to come to find out.
2012-12-01 10:12:17 PM  
2 votes:
From my own experience, cards like these were so generic, impersonal and cookie cutter like due to restrictions, they were treated like add inserts in a magazine. Sad, because we knew peoples hearts were in the right place.

A much better option is http://www.anysoldier.com, here you can send directly to a service member from any branch serving over seas who has signed up with the website. I look for those serving in the most remote outposts (COP or FOB) to send to as opposed to a major base like Bagram, Manas, etc. which already has 99% of everything people would want already especially if the Air force is located on base too.

Any mail at these remote COPs is like Christmas ANY time of year.

11B4 OEF 10
2012-12-01 05:55:02 PM  
2 votes:
The "Hero" tag for paid murderers raping and pillaging stuff that is none of our business on the other side of the globe?

LOL.
2012-12-02 04:53:12 AM  
1 votes:
A couple of reasons on the rules - though I think they are a bit dumb myself.
1. Godscrack You are right, the redcross does not have the resources to truly scrutinize every piece of mail.
2. Volume reduction. Those rules drop the thousands of 'lonely' girls, guys and girl wanna-bees from sending. They noted that it is not an avenue for a pen pal. (Story to follow if you ask about it).
3. Country sensitives on content. - I personally did like that we got a group photo of the naked sorority girls from Washington State back in 1992 (curious what they look like now). Many would say 'farkem' (the girls and the offended country); however we do need their co-operation. Some of that stuff ends up outside the base in someones hands who is against our interest - so it gets used in negative propaganda.
4. Demoralization of the troops. The recent past it was seen as a vehicle to send anti-service member mail, gruesome photos of combat carnage - many times either fake or something the enemy does to its own people. Some nice little admin girl an E3 gets that and starts to question her commitment to the cause, believing its something we did. 
Also can you imagine us loosing our lunch over the 'plus size girls are too skinny' poster if they sent that to us. Out in the desert we could die of starvation and dehydration from an event like that.
2012-12-02 03:43:52 AM  
1 votes:

Sid_6.7: It would be bonus points if your package marked for "Any US Soldier" was not only delivered, but delivered to a Marine.


Marine: a soldier serving on a ship or in a naval installation.
2012-12-02 02:33:12 AM  
1 votes:

obamadidcoke: Serious Black: obamadidcoke: How is encouraging insider assassinations of flag officers going to help things in Afghanistan? You suggest that we should be valuing and treasuring life, yet you suggest we violate others' lives by murdering them?

I'm only suggesting valuing innocent life. Senior military officers are people who have dedicated their professional lives to killing.

I think if you want to see good effect on target you should aim artillery shells at BN and BDE Cp s. Seeing all computers and video screens explode followed by a rain of flaming officer parts would be way more entertaining than blowing up a mud hut full of women and children. I also think that a few high profile fraggings might reignite intrest in the war. It also might help these officers get a feel for the real risks of war. Remember, the only General who died in Afghanistan was a long time smoker who had a heart attack.

Scott Roeder? Is that you? Or is it Timothy McVeigh? I can never tell the difference between you militant assclowns who think the solution to violence is more violence.

Also, be forewarned, I may forward this chain to the local JAG for encouraging soldiers to murder their commanders in cold blood. I may not. I guess you'll have to wait for the cops to come to find out.

Feel free to turn me in. I think that you will find that your jack booted military thugs have little standing in the courts of law of The Netherlands. Of course your President could just declare me an enemy combatant and blow up my house on Prinsengrach. I'm sure that the civilized world would applaud your cowboy-ish shoot first and ask questions later approach to dissent.


I didn't realize the Netherlands was actively shielding al-Qaeda and Haqqani cadre members from prosecution. My mistake. I should have known better. Carry on.
2012-12-01 09:28:40 PM  
1 votes:

Lunaville: Godscrack: -Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program
-Do not send or include letters.
-The program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
-Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process

Jesus Christ, they have less stringent mail laws in prison. What's the point in even bothering?

The rules do seem to be designed to prevent any sort of personal touch. And don't even think about sending them home baked cookies. Every other conflict in the entire history of the USA, home baked goods could be sent, but now American civilian Moms are so treacherous; allowing that would just be asking for poisoned soldiers.


Eh not exactly true. You can't send baked goods randomly in care packages but if you know someone over there your free to send baked goods.
Although from experience Wet Wipes, Socks, Smokes (Will be distributed to those who "need" it), caffine of all kinds (energy drinks), and canned goods (think chunkyman soup) are the hot commodities when it comes to care packages and is the most enthusiastically recieved. I did get some baked cookies while I was in afghanistan and I wish I hadn't... Military mail isn't the most timely of delivery systems and by the time my cookies arrived they were better off used as paper weights... hard as rocks and nearly as heavy, probably not to healthy to eat either, so that could be another reason they tell you not to send baked goods.
2012-12-01 08:49:13 PM  
1 votes:

Godscrack: Jesus Christ, they have less stringent mail laws in prison. What's the point in even bothering?


Our local jails here are pretty lenient about mail, they'll just get pissy if there's a lot of perfume on them.

What's amusing is you can mail for free (cost of a stamp) but if you actually go to the jail to drop off pictures or letters they charge money for "processing".
2012-12-01 07:23:33 PM  
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: thisisyourbrainonFark: NewportBarGuy: Send them bottles of "Listerine".

Yep. My sister and brother-in-law did this for my nephew.

I usually send baby wipes.


See, this bothers me. I've donated a few times to send care packages to troops...baby wipes, candy & gum, beef jerky, DVDs.

I don't agree with many of our foreign policies, and even though many of the guys in the field aren't folks I'd choose to associate with, I support them, because they are doing a job that I would never do, and would fail at, miserably.

We make all this BS talk about TEH MURKIN TRUUPS being our most valuable resource, yet they have to rely on donations for creature comforts?

Need a $2 million bomb to kill three brown people? Cool.

Need something to wipe your ragged ass? Yeah, here's some one-ply GI TP. Or, maybe use the 1 square inch sani-wipe from your MRE.
2012-12-01 06:43:52 PM  
1 votes:
This seems extraordinarily stringent--not to mention that, post-9/11, the Red Cross will never see another ounce of my support or penny of my money, and they want to talk of disorganization, sheesh! Well, I do hope they get this one right and don't deliver the security cleared cards postage due.
2012-12-01 06:42:13 PM  
1 votes:

Godscrack: -Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program
-Do not send or include letters.
-The program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
-Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process

Jesus Christ, they have less stringent mail laws in prison. What's the point in even bothering?


I guess they check everything in an attempt to remove stuff that would upset a soldier. Imagine the trolls from WBC sending a pic of themselves protesting a military funeral... easier to just remove all inserts instead of screening each one.
2012-12-01 06:10:44 PM  
1 votes:

zorlack7: The "Hero" tag for paid murderers raping and pillaging stuff that is none of our business on the other side of the globe?

LOL.


How does one rape "stuff"? "Stuff" has no feelings. So, it is not like they are raping people, right? Then they have the common courtesy to pillage what they have raped so the people do not have to use sperm-stuffed stuff--that seems rather nice of them. Amirite?

This just in from the other side of the globe---a "stuff rape" update--you are a farktard.
2012-12-01 06:03:18 PM  
1 votes:
Fark the Red Cross.
2012-12-01 06:02:01 PM  
1 votes:

zorlack7: The "Hero" tag for paid murderers raping and pillaging stuff that is none of our business on the other side of the globe?

LOL.


Was waiting on that.

Grow ignore list! GROW!
2012-12-01 05:55:33 PM  
1 votes:
What if I want to send a macaroni picture
2012-12-01 05:08:50 PM  
1 votes:

cmunic8r99: Every time I see that stupid image on Facebook, I reply with the Snopes link


I've lost count of how many times I have done that. Just did it this morning-that is what made me submit it to Fark.
2012-12-01 04:38:10 PM  
1 votes:

Godscrack: -Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program
-Do not send or include letters.
-The program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
-Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process

Jesus Christ, they have less stringent mail laws in prison. What's the point in even bothering?



My guess is a lot of those things would normally go through security checks done by actual security experts in the miltary.  You can see why any letters would need to be scanned.
 
However, this program is done entirely by Pitney Bowes and The Red Cross.  Therefore, not going through the normal security channels.
 
Maybe a real servicemember can give more insight.  I'm just assuming.
2012-12-01 02:56:51 PM  
1 votes:
Every time I see that stupid image on Facebook, I reply with the Snopes link
 
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