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Photo Op: UH’s Air Force and Army ROTC Programs Host Valentine’s Day ‘Jog With the Troops’

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February 11, 2008-Houston-
The Houston Corps of Cadets, along with the San Jacinto Chapter of the Air Force Association and the University of Houston's Veterans Affairs office, will be hosting its second annual three-mile formation jog around the University of Houston campus Thursday, Feb. 14, to mark the "National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans" week and honor the nation's troops serving near and abroad.

"The Houston Corps of Cadets invites the public, as well as active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard and retired military, to take part in showing our gratitude for those who have fought for the freedoms we have long enjoyed," said Col. Philip A. Bossert Jr., commander of UH's Air Force ROTC.

The event will begin with registration at 6 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 6:35 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 in the parking lot outside of Garrison Gymnasium, 3855 Holman St. on the UH campus. Following the event, participants will sign a Valentine's Day card for homeless and wounded Veterans in the Houston area. Donations also will be taken to benefit the Michel E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the DeGeorge at Union Station Veteran's Home.

The following day, ROTC cadets and active duty Air Force officers will present the signed Valentine's Day card and large cakes to veterans at the DeBakey VA Medical Center and the DeGeorge Home. The Houston Corps of Cadets, created this past September, is the official association of Air Force, Army and Navy/Marine ROTC programs in the Houston metro area. With about 300 cadets and midshipmen, the Houston Corps of Cadets is already the second largest Corps in the Gulf Coast region.

WHAT: Houston Corps of Cadets "Valentine's Day Jog with the Troops to Support the Troops"
WHEN: 6:35 - 7:30 am, Feb. 14
WHERE: Garrison Hall Parking Lot
3855 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004
713-743-4932 or 713-743-3707
WHO: Houston Corps of Cadets, UH Veterans Services Office, Air Force Association

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