Letter from the Governor Rick Perry

The following letter was sent from Governor Rick Perry on March 15, 2005, to each member of the Texas Congressional delegation:

As you consider requests for 2006 Appropriations, I am writing to ask for your support of the Veteran's Museum in Texas project.

With more than 1.7 million veterans, 190,000 active duty and reserve force personnel and 18 major military installations, the military is an important component of our great state's heritage. Our nation enjoys freedom secured through military sacrifice, and I can think of no more fitting way to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our service men and women than to construct a museum in Texas to honor military veterans. Through exhibits, educational programs, and community outreach, the museum will honor veterans and at the same time reinforce to future generations both the meaning of and the cost of freedom.

I hope that you will join me in supporting this project to recognize each branch of the military and to honor men and women from the Revolutionary War to the present. The project has received support from community leaders and local businesses in Houston. ExxonMobil, for example, recently donated a 35 acre tract of land, valued at approximately $7.8 million, to be used for the museum site.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. I look forward to working with you on this important project for veterans, as well as on other initiatives to provide the support and services that our military personnel and families deserve.


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