U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) met with Rhode Island veterans this morning at the Providence VA Medical Center where he delivered Valentine's Day cards prepared by Rhode Island students.
"All of us owe our deep thanks and appreciation for the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces," said Cicilline. "I am overwhelmed by the support that this year's effort received from school administrators, teachers, and students in cities and towns across Rhode Island."
More than 60 area schools participated in Cicilline's second annual Valentines for Veterans initiative. In addition to this morning's event at the Providence VA, the Rhode Island Congressman's office will deliver more than 6,500 cards to veterans through the Rhode Island National Guard's Family Assistance Center, the Rhode Island Veterans Home, and Rhode Island senior homes.
Since 1996, the nationwide Valentines for Veterans campaign has delivered millions of Valentine's Day cards to thank American military veterans for their service. In addition, this project also coincides with National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, which is recognized each year during the week of February 14.
Since first entering Congress in 2011, Cicilline has established a strong record of standing up on behalf of Rhode Island veterans, most notably through his introduction of the SERV Act -- legislation that would provide grants to state and local governments to create or improve veteran's treatment courts or expand operational drug courts serving veterans. During his first term, Cicilline also joined colleagues in helping to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act -- a bill that provides tax credits for companies that hire out-of-work veterans.