Nebraskans who want to send a holiday greeting to a veteran or current service member through the American Red Cross still have a few days to do so.
Kevin Zuroski, regional director of Services to the Armed Forces with the Red Cross in Omaha, says they also want to recognize people who help vets and the military, such as those who work for the Veterans Administration.
“It could be the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Lincoln, the VA Medical Center along with the Veterans Retirement Home in Grand Island,” Zuroski tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re going to not only recognize the vets who live there, but we’re also going to recognize and show appreciation to those who support those vets.”
Zuroski says you should submit a generic holiday card without glitter or other add-ons.
“Dear Service Member as the heading is the perfect way to do it,” he recommends. “Some of the cards, depending on the physical condition or health condition of the vet, should have a minimum amount of glitter that is on there.”
Zuroski, who served 28 years in the Marines, says he always appreciated getting holiday cards.
“To get these cards that show a great amount of gratification and appreciation for the military and what they’re doing really says a lot. You know, it’s heart-warming, it sort of motivates you, energizes you, and it really makes you feel good.”
The cards need to be returned to any American Red Cross office by Monday or Tuesday for distribution before Hanukah and Christmas.
Nebraska area offices are:
American Red Cross of the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro
2912 S. 80th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68124
American Red Cross of Capital Area and Eastern Nebraska
220 Oakcreek Dr.
Lincoln, NE 68528
American Red Cross of Central and Western Nebraska
404 E. 3rd St.
Grand Island, NE 68801
520 West 48th St.
Kearney, NE 68845
705 Nelson Dr., Bldg 323C, Rm 117
Offutt AFB, NE 68113