Make this the Year of POWerful Greeting Cards

Posted: December 1, 2013 in A Service-Minded Civilian's Perspective
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As my mother-in-law and I were making preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, my mother-in-law let me in on another reason to be thankful. A trio of ladies- Debbie O’Neil, Stefanie O’Neill, and Michelle Marie Murrell- have organized a unique campaign on behalf of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Now if you haven’t been reading this blog or any of the relevant news over the past four and a half years, Sgt. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in June, 2009 and is currently held by the Haqqani network. Now I’m always willing to do whatever I can to help bring a prisoner of war home. That Sgt. Bergdahl is a fellow Idahoan and that my family holds his parents Bob and Jani near and dear only added to my desire to help out.

This also is not just any campaign. I’ve signed all the petitions. I’ve sent out the emails. I’ve got the stickers and a silicone bracelet. No, this promises to be much bigger. It is a chance for everyone to send Bowe a Christmas card and remind the President to get cracking on bringing him home. The goal is to send at least one million cards.

So I grabbed a box of greeting cards and stickers the American Legion had sent me and got instructions on what else to do here:

Then I got to work, not that it was very difficult. I could sum it up in a few easy steps.


1. Obtain a greeting card. Add an appropriate message if you like. The card I sent says, “To Sgt. Bergdahl, greetings of the season and every good wish for the new year… including for your safe and swift return. Mr. President, bring Bowe home!!!!”


2. Address the card as follows:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

c/o The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Some have chosen to add “ATTN President Obama.” Some are also choosing to send cards to their senators and representatives and even to Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, International. Whatever we do, we have to remind our politicians as they talk about troop drawdowns that they can’t forget about Bowe.


3. Tell your family and friends, so you can send cards by the handful or even boxful. And then if we keep pushing and keep Bowe’s plight on the minds of our politicians, he just might be able to come home for Christmas.

  1. Greg Urbano says:

    I guess I should be ashamed to say that I was not even aware there were any pow’s. Thanks for including the link.

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