Dallas Congressmen Deliver Kids Valentines for Veterans

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Washington, February 14, 2005 | McCall Cameron ((202) 225-4201) | comments
Today, Dallas-area Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-3) and Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) delivered handmade Valentine’s Day greetings on behalf of 1,000 North Texas school children to hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center.
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Today, Dallas-area Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-3) and Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) delivered handmade Valentine’s Day greetings on behalf of 1,000 North Texas school children to hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center.

“We can never repay these valiant veterans for the sacrifices they have made, but we can do something to cheer them up and let them know that they have not been forgotten,” said Congressman Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran.

The Valentines for Vets program is an annual program held in conjunction with National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week. Every February, Americans open their hearts to our country's hospitalized veterans by sending cards and letters to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers across the country.

“These valentines are a great way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom,” said Congressman Hensarling. “We need to let them know that we appreciate all that they have done for our country. I know each veteran who receives one of these cards will be happy to see how much our children care about them and care about America.”

National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week is an annual, nationwide program that promotes activities designed to pay tribute and express appreciation to America’s hospitalized veterans. In addition to the Valentines for Vets program, activities during the week include special ward visits, school essay contests, special recreation activities and veteran recognition programs.

First established as an official VA program in 1978, National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week serves as a valuable public awareness program to help people understand the important role of VA medical facilities and encouraging volunteer activities to help veterans. More than 3.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed services are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, clinics and nursing homes.
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