Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) recently sent hundreds of Get Well cards made by area school children to our military men and women hospitalized overseas. As an ongoing effort to offer support to our troops serving throughout the world, Congressman Poe and children from the 2nd Congressional District sent a Texas-sized bundle of well wishes as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans program.

As we all know, everything is bigger in Texas and so is the support for our troops, said Poe. These hand-made cards from home mean the world to our wounded war heroes and truly make a difference in their recovery. I am proud to take part in this tradition and thank all of our children for their sincere support of the young men and women putting their lives on the line a world away so we can continue to enjoy freedom at home.

This year, through the help of the Soldiers Angels organization, Congressman Poe was able to send hundreds of cards to patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, the largest American hospital outside the United States. Last year, Congressman Poe personally delivered the hand-made cards to our troops in military hospitals.

In all, I have been able to send over 5000 cards from Texas to our wounded troops in hospitals overseas, said Poe. On my last visit, I began reading through the cards on the plane and before I knew it we had a plane full of teary-eyed passengers passing hundreds of these cards around. The impact of the innocent words of a child is magical. I cannot thank the Soldiers Angels group enough for all that they do for our countrys heroes.

Over 2000 cards were collected from Jefferson County schools: Dowling Elementary; Port Neches Groves ISD, Ridgewood Elementary; Odom Academy, Regina Howell Elementary, Central High School, Dishman Elementary School, Curtis Elementary School, Homer Drive Elementary School, Port Neches Middle School, Marshall Middle School, Pietzsch MacArthur Elementary School, Eugene Field Elementary School, Hampshire-Fannett Elementary School, Brown Center, Central Middle School, Highland Park Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Nederland High School, Amelia Elementary School, Ogde Elementary School, and Austin Middle School.

Soldiers Angels is a volunteer based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Soldiers Angels mission is to provide aide and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard and their amazing families. For more information on this organization, please visit their website: www.soldiersangels.com.