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Today is deadline for McNerney's 'Holiday Cards for Troops' effort

Congressman to deliver messages to patients at military hospitals

Today is the deadline to deliver holiday cards to Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for delivery to military members here and abroad.

McNerney, whose district includes Pleasanton and other parts of Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties, is conducting his third annual "Holiday Cards for Troops" program.

He will hand-deliver the cards to service members recovering from injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and to sailors and marines at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

McNerney also is working with local organizations to send holiday cards to troops stationed overseas. The cards will be included with troop-support packages organized and sent to Iraq and Afghanistan by the Pleasanton Military Families oprganization, Danville Blue Star Moms and Packed With Pride in Stockton.

Last year's effort delivered more than 9,000 cards with personal messages of thanks.

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

"Being away from friends, family and the comfort of tradition during the holidays is an incredible sacrifice," he added. "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.

The cards can be delivered to the Congressman's Pleasanton office at 5776 Stonebridge Mall Rd., Suite 175. The cards should be placed in an un-addressed and unsealed envelope.

James Lanaras, Bay City News

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