I recently re-read "Goodbye Darkness", William Manchester's book about the war in the Pacific and particularly his own service as a US Marine. It seemed that when he was severely wounded and evacuated to Hawaii, he developed some strong opinions comparing the Red Cross to the Salvation Army. In his case the first organisation tried to sell cigarettes to him in hospital, while the second organisation just gave them to him. It was very similar to what my mother said my dad (5 CAD, Italy, Holland) felt about the two organisations giving comfort to soldiers. He also had a better feeling about the Sally Ann...something about getting dry socks from them, I think. Any comment or opinions comparing these two organisations?