McNerney says, “Remember the troops.”

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, wants his 11th District constituents to remember the troops this holiday season.

He’ll be collecting holiday cards for soldiers recovering from battle at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; for sailors and Marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; and for National Guard and Reserve soldiers stationed at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area right here in Dublin.

“The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for those who serve our country in uniform, particularly those who have returned from battle injured,” he said in a news release. “Some are separated from family, friends, and the traditions that have brought comfort and joy throughout the years and all of them are faced with a life forever changed by their service to our nation. Thoughtful words of encouragement and support from the great people of the 11th district can do a lot to boost the morale of our brave men and women.”

So McNerney wants his constituents to make or buy holiday cards, inscribe them with messages of thanks to service members, and then send or bring the card — unaddressed and with an unsealed envelope — to one of his district offices, in Stockton or Pleasanton, by December 9. His staff will address and seal the envelopes, and he’ll deliver them.

McNerney’s Stockton office is at 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7, Stockton, CA 95207; his Pleasanton office is at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Sue Horaz

    What an awesome idea! I am from New York. I’ve emailed Senator Clinton to ask about New York doing something like this – I, my large family, and several friends, are more than happy to volunteer our time to help with the addressing, and anything else that’s needed! When my young nieces (four of them, ages 8-12 years at the time) got that obnoxious form letter last year, indicating that their hand-made cards were not being distributed, they were heart-broken, and very disappointed, not only that their hard work was being tossed, but stunned also that their own country would disrespect its wounded soldiers in such a cold and callous way.

    I hope Senator Clinton’s office contacts McNerney’s office. I may even send a copy of that email to New York’s other representatives, both state and federal :-).

    Thank you, Josh Richman, for writing this story. You are an angel!