Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, only accepts mail addressed to specific patients, as of 2015. Contrary to a widely circulated email, the organization does not accept Christmas cards or mail addressed to “Any Wounded Service Member” or “Any Service Member” due to safety concerns.
In addition, the United States Postal Service does not accept mail addressed to unknown recipients at Walter Reed. The medical center suggests that people wishing to send such types of cards to soldiers do so through their participating local American Red Cross chapters. Alternatively, Walter Reed suggests interested parties consider making donations to non-profit organizations dedicated to helping U.S. troops and their families.