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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rapp to Honor Modern War Veterans

WARREN – This coming November, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) will host a ceremony honoring the men and women of the United States military who served in the U.S armed forces from 1990 (the time of the Persian Gulf War which ushered in the era of modern warfare) through the present (including the ongoing War Against Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan).

To ensure as many veterans as possible receive recognition, Rapp is asking all local military veterans who served in any of these conflicts, their friends or their family members from the 65th Legislative District to contact her Warren office.

“Beginning with World War II, over the past several years we have done an excellent job recognizing the heroic sacrifices of our veterans who served in each of the 20th century’s major military conflicts,” said Rapp, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “My objective in hosting this event is to complete this ever-expanding circle of honor by recognizing our most recent hometown heroes from the Gulf War to the present day. No matter when or where they served, all of our local veterans are equally deserving of our thanks and appreciation.”

Rapp has hosted similar ceremonies in the past, first for World War II veterans in 2005, Korean War era veterans in 2007, Vietnam War veterans in 2009, and most recently, Cold War veterans in 2011. At each ceremony, every participating veteran received a certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a medal.

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. Widows or widowers of deceased service members are also invited to participate in the ceremony.

Rapp is asking veterans or their family members to call no later than Friday, Oct. 18, to register for the event. Once the veteran information is compiled, a personal invitation will be mailed to each veteran or their family members.

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.

For the latest legislative updates, visit www.RepRapp.com.

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