DALLAS –Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) is asking students across the 5th Congressional District to help honor the service and sacrifice of veterans by participating in the annual Valentines for Vets program.

Each year, Congressman Hensarling’s office collects hand-made Valentine’s Day cards from 5th District students that are delivered to hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center.  The valentines will also be delivered to members of our armed services returning to from overseas at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

“These valentines are a great way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have made—and are still making—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 students care about them and care about America.”

Teachers, principals, parents and organizations who would like to coordinate participation in this effort should contact Sarah Rozier in Congressman Hensarling’s Dallas office at (214) 349-9996.  All valentines must be collected by Monday, February 8th to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.

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

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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