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McNerney plans 3rd annual 'Holiday cards for our troops' program

Public asked to send cards for distribution to military in Iraq, Afghanistan, U.S. hospitals

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has announced his third-annual "Holiday Cards for Our Troops" program in honor of the military men and women who will be away from their families during the holiday season.

The program encourages Bay Area residents to give cards to service members who are either recovering from injuries or are stationed away from their families.

McNerney will then hand deliver the cards to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and sailors and marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Last year the program brought in more than 9,000 cards that included touching and personal messages of thanks.

McNerney is also partnering with local organizations to send holiday cards to troops stationed overseas.

Those cards will be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of troop-support packages organized by the Pleasanton Military Families, Danville Blue Star Moms and Packed With Pride in Stockton.

"The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for the men and women who serve our country," McNerney said in a statement.

"Being away from friends, family and the comfort of tradition during the holidays is an incredible sacrifice," he said. "Thoughtful words of encouragement and support from our community can make a huge difference in boosting the morale of our brave men and women who serve our country with honor."

To participate in the program, make or purchase a holiday card, write a message of thanks to a soldier, and deliver the card to McNerney's office in Pleasanton, located at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, or in Stockton at 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 7.

Cards should remain unaddressed and the envelopes should be unsealed.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Dale
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:17 am

Love this program! Support our troops!


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Posted by kolohe
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

dale, do you know what is the deadline date? would like to get our office involved... mahalo


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

Clearly a beneficial program being sponsored by Mr. McNerney, one that I plan to participate in.

However, let us not forget the damage McNerney does to our country in voting on straight party lines on a daily basis. He repeatedly votes to saddle these same military members and their children with insurmountable debt, and undermines the very Constitution these brave men and women are fighting for!

Please do not be fooled by his occasional showing of caring for others. He aspires to be a career politician and a record of "supporting our troops" is mandatory to becoming one.


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Posted by Get over it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:58 am

Emily, get over it. Not every thread should be seen as an opportunity to slam politicians.


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Posted by My 2/100
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:22 am

Emily, get over it. No one is interested.


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Posted by Dale
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:27 am

Thank you Emily, for your post. Yes, ALL articles by the PW about McNerney paint him in a very favorable light. McNerney is doing something positive for the VETS. Ok, thank you, but who wouldn't? (except others in the Obama Admin)

How about McNerney's voting record that continues to place our national defense in jeopardy? Examples are his votes ...

- to reduce funding for troops in Iraq and Afghan when they needed this funding
- against being energy independent
- for "fairness doctrine" which would eliminate free speech
- for Cap and Trade which will devastate our economy
- for TARP which has had the opposite effect on stimulating the economy
- for nationalized healthcare which is only about increasing power of democrats in congress and the executive branch... and not about "health" or "care"

i am sure there are many other examples where his votes help to place our nation in further jeopardy


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:45 am

Get Over It - it's not a slam....it's called the truth. Go back to sleep.

My 2/100 - People are interested and engaged. Just because it's not your opinion, doesn't mean it shouldn't be said.

Dale - THANK YOU for being awake and aware! I would be saying the same thing about any other politician who had McNerney's voting record.


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Posted by Get over it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

It's a slam, Emily. It's true, you have the choice on whether or not to show some class and we all see the choice you've made.


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Posted by rs
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:28 am

Emily is right on! YOU LIBERALS WHO SUPPORT JERRY AND PUTING PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE IN JAIL. Should take another look. Our military get no support,the president who is a socialist still has not given them the troops, however, jerry's support or any of our military is wonderful. We all owe them a debt we can never pay,


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Get over it...and you have the choice whether to show intelligence or not. We all see the choice you have made. Nighty-night...back to sleep little lamb.


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Posted by Get over it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Hey Em, thanks for proving my point ... again. I'm sure the troops appreciate it.


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Posted by Augusto
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm

McNerny could really help the troops by encouraging his fellow Democrat, our President, to support the troops already in Afghanistan by supplying the resources needed. Sending cards is great, and I certainly encourage everyone to do that; but as far as what McNerny needs to be doing regarding the troops, his efforts are whizzing in the wind.


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Get over it....I can't even give you a "nice try" on that one. You've choosen to throw around "the troops" just like McNerney does...when it's convenient. Me, I tend to support them on a daily basis by praying for them, teaching my child about the sacrifices they are making for our freedom, buying them lunch when I am given the opportunity to, and saying thank you to them when I see them.

You see, that's the difference between folks like me who love this country and honor our troops who fight to protect us, and those like McNerney who vote against them whenever he's told to do so. I don't play the "troop" card when it's expedient to do so like he (and you) have. I care for them everyday.

And I really don't think "the troops" care much about whatever you think your point is. They're really much more concerned about protecting your right to express it.


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Posted by Get over it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Hey Em, get off your high horse. You took over a perfectly benign and informative thread in order to slam a politician you don't like. You're oversimplifying the issues and accusing people of "playing the troop card," whatever that means. You're not unique in your sentiments toward or treatment of our troops. We are all Americans and we are all grateful for the efforts and dedication of our armed forces. This thread was intended to provide information on an ADDITIONAL way we can show our support and gratitude for our armed forces.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm

If you really cared about the troops you would want to see them out of harms way. I'm curious to know what rights Iraq was about to take away from us when we attacked them? I keep hearing this line as an explanation of why we're there, but it doesn't make any sense. While our military has fought for us to keep rights in the past, this is not why they're fighting now. It was a war of choice by Bush and he already neglected our active and returning troops during his two terms. Amazing you don't see the disconnect as you criticize McNerney.


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Hey Get Over,

I hate to point out the obvious, but you putting your nose into things is what turned the thread into a conversation.

I'm entitled to my opinion, whether you care for or agree with it or not. You exercised your option to comment on my posting, I exercised my option to respond to you. If you were so worried about the integrity of the thread being undermined, you should have discontinued the debate on your end.


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Posted by Get over it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

That was what I was attempting to do, only you continued to escalate the commentary. The constant negative rhetoric grows tiresome, but becomes even more offensive when it takes over an article on how we can all support our troops.
God Bless America!


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Emily, you are right on. Keep the heat Pelosi's little boy.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

If McNerney wants to give our local troops a great Christmas present, he could tender his resignation. I can think of no better gift from him.

Our sons and daughters serving in the armed forces deserve the best.


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