PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Sen. Van de Putte welcomes Wall That Heals to San Antonio

(San Antonio) — This morning, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) helped welcome the Wall That Heals for a four-day stay in San Antonio.

The Wall that Heals is an exhibition created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States. Featuring a half-scale, 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., it is also accompanied by a mobile museum that tells the story of the Vietnam War era and The Wall. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 350 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.

The Wall That Heals is being hosted in San Antonio by Central Catholic High School, 1403 N. Saint Mary's, beginning with an opening ceremony this morning and continuing through April 13. Senator Van de Putte's son Henry Van de Putte, Central Catholic's Director of Development, also helped welcome The Wall.

"As Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, I know how important the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been to helping our nation heal from the difficult Vietnam War Era," said Senator Van de Putte. "I also know that some heroes from that conflict are either physically or emotionally unable to make the trip to the actual wall — hopefully, bringing this replica of The Wall to our community can help with that healing. The United States never properly said 'Welcome Home' to our Vietnam service members. The Wall That Heals helps us do so."

For more information on The Wall That Heals, go to http://www.vvmf.org/twth.

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