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Letter to the Editor: Valentines for Veterans request

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013

This year will be the 24th anniversary of the “Valentines for Vets” Program. It began in 1989 with Ann Landers suggesting valentine cards be sent to Veterans in Veteran Medical Clinics nationwide.

On any given day, there are over 50,000 Veterans hospitalized or living in VA facilities. These men and women served in W.W.II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf Wars and in these areas of Armed Hostilities; Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.

We can never repay these valiant vets for the sacrifices they and their families have made, but we can do something to insure they know they are remembered.

The staff and administration of the Colorado State Veteran Center at Homelake would like to encourage you to send or bring a letter, poster or card to our residents. If you are a teacher, this may lend itself to a class project. Handmade cards or personalized notes would be most welcomed and treasured. For our residents, being remembered and appreciated for their part in serving and protecting their country, would truly be a wonderful Valentine gift. (Due to the privacy act regulations, specific resident names cannot be provided by our facility but a general card would be very welcome.)

The Veteran Center would also like to extend an invitation to all veterans and their family members to visit Homelake between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 during our Valentines for Veterans Social. Homelake welcomes your visit so we can extend our heartfelt gratitude not only to our residents but also to all veterans.

Thank you for remembering these most valued residents of the San Luis Valley and may each of you - especially our fellow veterans, have a wonderful Valentines Day. For more information, please call Pam Self or Melanie Squire at (719) 852-5118. Mailing address is: CSVC Homelake, PO Box 97, Homelake, CO 81135.

Colorado State Veteran Center staff

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