Putting all politics aside regarding the war in Iraq, I think we all are united in our desire to support our troops in any way we can. To that end, I began sniffing around the Web, looking for organizations that will distribute knitted items to those serving us abroad.
I finally came up with http://www.sewmuchcomfort.org/index.asp. While they distribute mostly sewn items, when I contacted the group closest to my area, they were very receptive to the donation of knitted items.
I’m making stump covers for amputees, cast covers to keep toes warm and wrist sleeves to cover IV sites. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/hospital.html has patterns for several medically oriented items.
I’m sure there is a host of other items that we can develop. I’d urge you, if you have the notion, to look into doing this type of knitting as a twist on the more traditional types of charity knitting, such a preemie hats and chemo caps. We never know what comfort we can spread!