My buddy :-) Sean Hannity was talking to a wounded soldier yesterday on his show. I had heard him talk to this guy before and I decided I wanted to learn more about the situation. PFC Joshua Sparling was wounded in Iraq and almost lost his leg. Just recently he was told that his leg will be saved but he still has a long recovery ahead of him. But what does he want to do when he's better? Go back to Iraq. The bravery of these men and women astounds me.
The reason PFC Joshua Sparling has been in the headlines recently is because of the hateful Christmas card he received. It was written like a child's letter with the allusion on the envelope that it would be an encouraging card from a child. Instead, inside was a hateful message that this person wanted him to die. Michelle Malkin points out who the person was who wrote the hateful Christmas Card in, "Unhinged Scumbag of the Year". I love how she sugarcoats things :-).
Fox & Friends has highlighted this issue and then others like Michelle have jumped on the bandwagon and she has done several excellent posts on it on her blog. Kirby Wilbur, KVI-AM talk show host in Seattle started the Joshua Sparling Project, where he urged people to send encouraging Christmas Cards and the letters flowed in. It was an awesome idea and shouldn't just be done at Christmas time. I was inspired by this to have my kids and I sit down and make cards for PFC Sparling and some of the others at Walter Reed. They also recommend sending calling cards, stamps and other things that the wounded soldiers would need.
Here are some of the soldiers at Walter Reed that you can send encouraging cards, etc. to or you can just address it to any soldier there:
PFC Joshua SparlingMichelle Malkin calls it "Countering the Hate" and I can't think of a better way than by pouring in the encouragement. To be honest I don't get sending hate mail to men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. If you are anti-war go to your little protest rallies but leave the wounded soldiers alone.
Capt. James Ollinger
Sgt. Zavian Simspon
Specialist Brian Radke
Specialist Jason Braase
Sgt. David Nevins
Sgt. Jose Ramos
Cpl. Todd Bishop
Sgt. Ryan Donnelly
Sgt. Eva Diane Cochran
Send cards and care packages c/o:
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
For other ways to help our soldiers go to this awesome website, America Supports You .
Michelle Malkin's posts on this:
Thank-you, Joshua Sparling
Good Wishes for PFC. Joshua Sparling
Counter the Hate
Unhinged Scumbag of the Year