OTTAWA – Today, Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, helped long-term care providers at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre deliver Valentine’s Day cards to Veterans.
Parliamentary Secretary Romanado met with the staff and Veteran residents, handed out Valentine’s and toured the facility.
The Valentines for Vets program at Veterans Affairs Canada invites Canadians to create special cards for Veterans in long-term care facilities across Canada. Every year, Veterans Affairs Canada receives thousands of handwritten cards–submitted by schools, individuals and organizations from every province in Canada–and distributes them at long-term care facilities in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Valentines for Vets campaign is designed to bring joy to Veterans and remind them that Canadians are thankful for their service and sacrifice.
“Valentines for Vets is a touching way for youth today to connect with Veterans and share their appreciation and acknowledgement of sacrifice and service. I was honoured to participate in today’s events at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and hope this tradition endures for years to come.” – Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Associate Minister of National Defence
- Valentines for Vets began in 1989 when the late newspaper columnist Esther Pauline, known by the pen name Ann Landers, encouraged her readers to create special valentines for Veterans throughout Canada and the United States.
- Veterans Affairs Canada has been involved with this program since 1996, and for over 20 years, has been receiving and distributing valentines for Veterans.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada