U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today announced that his Southern Arizona offices will collect holiday cards to be sent to members of the armed forces and veterans.

“This is a challenging time of year for our veterans being treated at the VA and our brave troops who are away from their families as they serve our nation,” said Barber, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “I ask Southern Arizonans to join me in sending a holiday message to each of these men and women to let them know that our thoughts and good wishes are with them.”

Barber is asking schools across Southern Arizona as well as individuals to drop off holiday cards at his offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista. The cards then will be sent to troops from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca who are stationed in Arizona and deployed overseas. Cards also will be distributed to veterans at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center.

A brief message of thanks should be written inside each card. Envelopes are not necessary, but if they are included, should be unaddressed and unsealed.

Members of the military who receive cards from school groups often like to respond. So cards from schools should have a school address and teacher’s name on each card.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the District 8 congressional office has collected holiday cards for troops and veterans. For the last three years, Barber oversaw the program as district director for then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Cards should be brought to Barber’s Tucson office, 3945 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 211 at the northeast corner of East Fort Lowell Road and North Alvernon Way, or to the congressman’s Sierra Vista Office at 77 Calle Portal, Suite B-160.

The deadline for dropping off cards is Friday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

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