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Send holiday card to U.S. troops

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 11:33 am in Congress, congressional district 11.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, asks residents to make holiday cards for soldiers. Read on for the congressman’s press release:

MCNERNEY ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL “HOLIDAY CARDS FOR OUR TROOPS” PROGRAM

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) is proud to announce his second annual “Holiday Cards for Our Troops” program, and encourages constituents to participate in honoring the service of our men and women in uniform.

Rep. McNerney will collect holiday cards for soldiers recovering from battle and stationed away from their families this holiday season.  He will then hand-deliver the cards to soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C, sailors and marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and to National Guard and Reserve soldiers at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, CA.

“The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for the soldiers who serve our country, particularly for those who have returned from overseas with injuries,” Rep. McNerney said.  “Being away from friends, family and the comfort of tradition during the holidays is incredibly difficult.  Thoughtful words of encouragement and support from the great people of the 11th district can make a huge difference in boosting the morale of our brave troops who have so honorably served their country.”

Constituents are asked to make or purchase a holiday card, write a message of thanks inside to a service member, and then deliver the card to Rep. McNerney’s office in Stockton or Pleasanton by December 10.  The cards should remain unaddressed and envelopes unsealed.  The Congressman’s staff will then address and seal the envelopes and the Congressman will personally deliver them on behalf of the people of the 11th district of California.

Last year, the Congressman collected and delivered over 700 cards, some with incredibly touching and personal messages of thanks.  He hopes to top that number this year.

Stockton

2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7

Stockton, CA 95207

(209) 476-8552

Pleasanton

5776 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Suite 175

Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 737-0727

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