OKLAHOMA CITY (28 November 2016) – For the seventh consecutive year, school children are invited to participate in the “Holiday for Heroes” Christmas card program.

            The youngsters are asked to hand-fashion Christmas greeting cards for U.S. military veterans who reside in Oklahoma’s seven state veterans’ centers, and for military personnel undergoing treatment at Fort Sill’s Reynolds Army Hospital in Lawton and at the U.S. Veterans Affairs medical center in Oklahoma City.

            Former state legislator Joe Dorman launched the program in 2010, and its popularity has mushroomed. The first year he collected 500 cards, which were delivered to RAH. Last year he received 8,237 cards that were handed out to both hospitals and the seven veterans’ centers in Oklahoma.

            “We’ve had schools from across the country make and send cards for this worthwhile project,” said Dorman, chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

            The idea behind “Holiday for Heroes” came from an incident several years ago that involved middle-school kids from Rush Springs, Dorman’s hometown. The students sent dozens of handmade cards to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to cheer up military vets there; however, the package was returned unopened because of security concerns.

            “So I contacted Reynolds Army Hospital and they gladly accepted the cards,” Dorman recalled. Since then the program has expanded exponentially.

            “It’s a wonderful way for children to honor our country’s veterans and wounded warriors, to thank them for their military service, and to let them know they have not been forgotten.”

            “This is a great way to lift the spirits of our recovering soldiers and veterans to let them know we’re thinking of them during the holidays,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “I would encourage students to also write a note thanking them for their service.”

            The mailing address where the cards should be sent is:

Holiday for Heroes

℅ Joe Dorman

P.O. Box 559

Rush Springs, OK 73082

            Dorman can be reached by ‘phone at (405) 892-9205 and via email at joe@joedorman.com .