Local Vietnam War Veterans Urged to Contact Rapp's Warren Office
5/18/2009
Lawmaker’s collecting contact information in preparation for ceremony in their honor.
 
This coming September, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) will host a ceremony honoring the men and women of the United States military who served during the Vietnam War. To ensure as many veterans as possible receive recognition, Rapp is asking Vietnam War veterans, their friends or their family members from the 65th Legislative District to contact her Warren office.
 
“Many people have said many things about the Vietnam War, but we want to say the two most important words – ‘thank you’ – to our veterans,” said Rapp, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee. “In order to do that, I’m asking Vietnam War veterans, their friends or their family members to please contact my Warren office so we may honor your dedicated service to this Commonwealth and our nation.”
 
Rapp has hosted similar ceremonies in the past, first for World War II veterans in 2005 and later for Korean War era veterans in 2007. At each ceremony, every participating veteran received a certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a small token of appreciation.
 
“It’s important that we show our veterans that we remember, respect and honor the sacrifices they made on our behalf,” Rapp said. “It has often been said that the only thing worse than having no heroes is to have them and forget them. The 65th Legislative District definitely has no shortage of heroes and we are committed to remembering them all.”
 
To participate, veterans or their family members should call Rapp’s Warren district office toll free at (866) 854-5294 and be prepared to provide basic information including the veteran’s name, ad­dress, phone number, the branch of the armed services in which they served, and the years in which they served. Rapp is asking veterans or their family members to call on or before Tuesday, June 30, to sign up for the event.
 
Once the veteran information is compiled, a personal invitation will be mailed to each veteran. Rapp has already collected information from many District 65 Vietnam War veterans who responded to an article in the lawmaker’s last newsletter. Those who have already responded do not need to do so again.
 
The 65th Legislative District includes all of Forest County and Warren County, as well as the townships of Hamilton, Hamlin, Lafayette and Wetmore and the boroughs of Kane and Mount Jewett in McKean County.

Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979