U.S.Rep. Jim Cooper is calling on local school students to roll up their sleeves and get out the markers, construction paper, doilies and glue sticks for the launch of his "Valentines for Veterans Project."
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Cooper invites all area school classes, Scout troops, community youth groups or interested individuals to make Valentine's Day cards for Middle Tennessee veterans and soldiers serving overseas.
"We will never be able to adequately thank the brave men and women who have served with honor and sacrificed so much for us and our country," Cooper said. "These Valentines will lift some spirits and remind our veterans and troops that they are in our thoughts and our hearts."
Cooper will pick up the cards and personally deliver them to veterans at the Nashville campus of the Veterans Administration (VA) Tennessee Valley Medical System and to the Tennessee Army National Guard offices for shipment to Tennessee troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since its founding in 1996 by columnist Ann Landers, the "Valentines for Veterans" effort has brought millions of Valentine's Day cards to our nation's veterans. The project coincides with National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, which is celebrated every year during the week of February 14.
Middle Tennessee students interested in participating in the "Valentines for Veterans" project can call Congressman Cooper's office at (615) 736-5295.