For the past few years, U.S. Rep. Denny Heck has spearheaded a project for school children to create valentines for local veterans.
In 2016, the congressman personally delivered some of the valentines to veterans at Life Care Center of Puyallup, Washington. Life Care Center of Puyallup and Life Care Center of South Hill, also in Puyallup, are located near one of the largest combined military bases in the country, and many veterans and their families choose to settle in the area after their service.
In 2017, even though Rep. Heck was busy in Washington, D.C., the program continued. A staff member from his office delivered the valentines. Between the two facilities, more than 75 patients, residents, associates and military spouses received valentines.
“Our patients appreciated the effort,” said Cyndi Anderson, director of business development. “The cards from the kids are cute and make you smile. All of the veterans feel grateful to be remembered in this fun and unexpected way on Valentine’s Day.”
“It is very cool that we are teaching the kids about veterans and their service,” said Wes Williams, transportation coordinator and a veteran who has received valentines the past two years. “It’s fun to get the cards from the kids.”