December 27, 2013

State Rep. Joe Dorman delivers Christmas cards for Wounded Warriors

The Express-Star

— Several thousand handmade Christmas cards for wounded warriors at Fort Sill were delivered recently by state Rep. Joe Dorman.

The holiday greetings were made primarily by children from various schools and churches, the Rush Springs Democrat related. In addition, adults making out their Christmas card lists were asked to remember a soldier unable to be home with his or her family this holiday season.

“We delivered the cards to the post chaplain on Thursday,” Representative Dorman said.

The cards will be handed out to soldiers recovering at Fort Sill’s Reynolds Army Hospital and the post’s Warrior Transition Unit.

The Holiday for Heroes program “reminds those who are unable to be with their families that their service has not been forgotten, and that they are appreciated,” Representative Dorman said. “They sacrifice so much for their country, to keep us safe. This is the least we can do.”

His own nephew was once in Reynolds Army Hospital, so the state lawmaker knows firsthand what demonstrations of appreciation and support can mean to soldiers who can’t be home for the holidays.

 “My sincere thanks to all those people across the United States who have helped with this project,” Representative Dorman added. “It has grown each year.” The exact count on this year’s cards will not be finalized until they’re distributed, “but I estimate a minimum of 4,000 cards this year.”

The Christmas card program began five years ago after middle-school students at Rush Springs sent cards to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the cards were returned undelivered because they were not addressed to a specific individual.