This week, VFW’s Washington office joined CBS and Google to help film shout-outs to the troops from members of Congress in time for Christmas and the holiday season as part of a larger partnership between CBS, Google and VFW (watch Gary Sinise’s tribute by clicking here).
The film crew set up their equipment in Omar E. Ketchum Hall at the VFW building on Capitol Hill on Monday and Tuesday, and invited senators and congressman to stop by and share their holiday greetings with the brave men and women deployed overseas this year.
Thirty-three congressmen and senators from 22 states took advantage of the time to visit the VFW building and express their gratitude to the men and women whose service will keep them away from their homes and their loved ones this holiday season. Others uploaded videos to the youtube.com/veterans site on their own.
The videos are available as part of the Google For Veterans campaign, googleforveterans.com, and are hosted on Google’s Veterans Channel on YouTube. To view the videos, click here, and scroll over the state from which you would like to view greetings. Participants who recorded holiday messages include:
Alabama – Reps. Robert Aderholt and Spencer Bachus
Arkansas – Rep. Steve Womack California – Rep. Jim Costa
Connecticut – Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Rep. Jim Himes
Delaware – Sen. Tom Carper
Florida –Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Rich Nugent, and Steve Southerland
Georgia – Sen. Johnny Isakson
Illinois – Reps. Bob Dold and Randy Hultgren
Louisiana – Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry
Maryland – Sen. Ben Cardin Michigan – Rep. Dan Benishek
Minnesota – Rep. Erik Paulsen
Nevada – Rep. Joe Heck New Jersey – Reps. Rob Andrews and Leonard Lance
North Carolina – Sen. Kay Hagan
Ohio – Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Jean Schmidt
Oregon – Rep. Kurt Schrader
Pennsylvania – Rep. Jason Altmire
Rhode Island – Rep. Joe Ciciline
Tennessee – Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann
Texas – Reps. Charles Gonzalez and Ted Poe
Washington – Rep. Dave Reichert
Feel free to upload your own holiday message at youtube.com/veterans.
(Image: Illinois Rep. Bob Dold films his shout out to the troops in Omar E. Ketchum Hall at the VFW building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joe Davis.)