Johnson hand-delivers valentines to Veterans at the Dallas VA

North Texans open their hearts to Veterans

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Plano, TX, February 14, 2014 | comments

Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) delivered thousands of handmade valentines to veterans at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a part of Johnson’s annual Valentines for Veterans program.  The heartfelt cards come from students and businesses across North Texas who took the time to tell our hometown heroes, "thank you for our freedoms," on Valentine’s Day. 

To kick off the event, Johnson encouraged the students of Huffman Elementary to make a valentine as a token of gratitude to those who make living in a free America possible.  From February 3-7, Johnson collected valentines from over 60 schools and businesses across North Texas to be hand-delivered on Valentine’s Day as a part of The National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week

Johnson concludes Valentines for Veterans this morning at Sloan Creek Intermediate School, thanking the students for their heartfelt participation, and then headed to the Dallas VA Hospital to deliver the cards.

TX State Rep. Scott Sanford and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson with Sloan Creek Intermediate School’s 6th grade choir (on left)
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess(on right)

“Without the brave men and women I met today, we would not be able to proudly say that, ‘We are Americans, and we are free,’ said Johnson.  These veterans love our country with a depth some will never know.  They willingly answered the call of duty to defend, preserve, and protect, and I’m proud to call them patriots.

“Thank you to all the North Texans who opened their hearts to help make Valentine’s Day special for our veterans.  No group is more deserving of our thanks.  Happy Valentine’s Day.”

A 29-year Air Force veteran, Johnson served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War, more than half of that time in solitary confinement.

Johnson represents a significant portion of Collin County.

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