Monday, December 13, 2004

Walter Reed Hospital Open Houses

This is so nice, I'd never heard of it before. Guess I need to pay more attention to The Corner.

Thanks to all the NRO readers who contributed to Karen Theobald's Christmas bags for the Helping our Heroes Christmas party. (Here's a link to the group's website.) The party was held Saturday and was truly an inspiring event. Wounded soldiers mingled with veterans, children, cabinet secretaries and appellate judges, military families, supporters of all ages from all over the Washington area.

Volunteers spread a lavish buffet and home-baked goods. Choirs sang, country music was performed, corny jokes told; more than 300 gift bags were given away.

It was hard to say which was more astonishing: the courage and spirit of the injured or the skill of the doctors who treated them. One soldier cheerfully quipped: "In any other war, I'd have been one of those they left behind." Instead, he was helicoptered out, operated on again and again, and after months of therapy - he is walking once more.

It matters enormously to these magnificent men and those who care for them to know that they are admired and supported by the American people: that their fellow-citizens know and feel their sacrifice and are grateful.

The open houses at Walter Reed are regular events: The next one will be January 8. Karen Theobald will have a new set of gift bags for newcomers to the hospital; anything you can contribute will be gratefully received. You can reach her c/o Cannon Design 1100 Wilson Blvd. Suite 2900 Arlington VA 22209. Questions can be directed to her at And if you can spare the time, why not come yourself? You would be most welcome - and I'll look forward to seeing you there.

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