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Old 19th February 2006
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Default Veteran visit @ Walter Reed Medical Center

I was talking to a Iraq vet the other day and he told me that visits were the most appreciated part of being there.

If there are any XLF members interested in meeting up and riding to visit vets there let me know.

I am going to contact the medical center staff and find out the rules and if there are any items we can bring as gifts for the vets. (what is most needed/wanted)

I'm always trying to figure out a way I can make a difference and I think this is a good one. I'm going to try and make this a regular event.

BTW- Walter Reed Medical Center is located in Washington D.C.

If other members want to organize rides in from other areas like Maryland or Pennsylvania join in.

here's a link for those interested...

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Sounds good, I used to be one of the soldiers spending time in that hospital. I can tell you from experience that the only thing keeping some of these guys alive is from the generosity of strangers that come to visit.
Items to bring can be anything that will break up the boredom. Magazines , games, phone cards.
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Thanks for the info....I want to do something that can help. But I like doing it person rather than just sending a donation.
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Kevin I think this is a great idea and am making this thread a sticky.
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Kevin,
Hey even if it is just the two of us I say we go do it. I live in York which is not too far away.
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How about around Rolling Thunder time?
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I'm sure during Rolling Thunder weekend lots of the veterans visit there, it would be a great time to have a visit since I'll be in town. I plan on doing these visits several times a year.
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Here are the rules for visiting the vets....

You can visit Monday - Friday / Noon to 4pm

**Believe it or not, there are so many visits that you have make an appointment when you are coming by and the earliest days available are in April 2006.

**5 people or less per group (if more than 5 people want to join in we will need to make appointments for more than 1 group)

**no one under 18 allowed, no food as gifts, no cameras allowed inside.

**patients do decide whether they want to receive visitors or not.

The date for the first trip is not decided....So I guess the first 4 to post they want to go will be added to my group.

Klinesamuel wants to be a part of this so a group from his area would be great. Send him a pm.
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Yeah, what he said.
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I am going to set a tentative date for Wednesday, April 19th. Since the weekdays are the only days non-related civilians can visit I thought hump day would be the best time. (any suggestions for the day put them in soon)

If the weather turns south then it will be a drive up for me. It would be great to be able to ride up but the vets are whats important and once the date is set that is that. Ridin' in he rain wouldn't bother me as much as being soaking wet in a hospital.

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Hey sam, if it's just you & I on this ride we can meet up somewhere and ride there.
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