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Supporters across the country have been working together to make Valentine’s Day 2013 a special one for military veterans and their families. From handmade cards to rockin’ parties, a variety of celebratory projects and events have begun to take place across the nation.
In Wake County, North Carolina, residents of communities like Cary, Apex, Raleigh and Durham have begun constructing valentines for the veterans they admire, according to The News & Observer. The Eva Perry Regional Library hosted a card-making event for local teens, some of whom earn volunteer credits for their time. Others simply volunteer to help spread cheer to veterans.
“I’m doing this because there are a lot of veterans out there that work hard,” 13-year-old Camryn Ward told the source. “This is a way for us to show them we are thankful and we love them.”
Ward’s card, along with hundreds of others, will be delivered to the Durham VA Medical Center. Veterans at the center enjoy, medical assistance and therapeutic help. About 200,000 veterans receive services at the center.
Others across the country have elected to send a Vet-O-Gram this February 14. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation website allows supporters to fill out a card online. The foundation will then deliver the message to an elderly veteran.
Other vets might elect to celebrate the day with some good, old-fashioned concert-going. the Valentines for Veterans Concert series, organized by Help Hospitalized Veterans, offers free admission to a variety of veterans’ concerts. About 30,000 veterans and family members attended the concert series, which consisted of more than a dozen large-scale performances, last year. This year’s concert series features performances by big-name artists like Lone Star, Daryl Singletary, Aaron Tippin, The Manhattans, The Chi-Lites, and The Grass Roots.
According to AnnArbor.com, one of the performances will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The concert will feature country music artist Aaron Tippin, who is known for his patriotic lyrics and veterans advocacy. Some of Tippin’s most well-known songs include “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.”
“Everyone we’ve talked to says this guy is just a gem,” Derek D. Atkinson, public affairs officer for the local VA, told the source of Aaron Tippin. “He genuinely loves veterans. He’s constantly out on USO tours. … he’s the kind of guy we want to team up with. He’s really an advocate.”
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