FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2010
Kirsten Voinis, (512) 922-7141, or firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXAS CABLE OPERATORS AND PROGRAMMER HISTORY HONOR VETERANS
The Texas Cable Association (TCA), its member cable companies and cable programmer HISTORY are partnering in recognition of Veterans Day to honor veterans through the fourth annual “Take a Veteran to School” program. The initiative links veterans with young people in schools and communities across Texas and America and also encourages the public to donate to programs that assist our country’s veterans.
Participating in the “Take a Veteran to School” program is an example of the commitment to service and community practiced by cable operators in Texas for more than 50 years. A short video about “Take a Veteran to School,” produced by HISTORY, can be found on TCA’s web site at www.txcable.com.
“No one is more deserving of honor and our gratitude than our nation’s military veterans,” said State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee. “Thanks to Texas’ cable companies and HISTORY for making sure that our men and women who dedicate their lives in service are recognized and that our youngest generations truly understand the meaning of Veterans Day.”
“Texas cable operators are honored to participate in the ‘Take a Veteran to School’ program and help young people learn about and appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” said TCA Board Chairman John Owen, president, business services, Time Warner Cable West Region.
Through the program, HISTORY makes available to schools curriculum-based educational materials as well as a Veterans Day video produced with the U.S. Department of Education. More than 5,000 schools nationwide to participate in the program.
“We are delighted to partner with the Texas Cable Association and its members in saluting the men and women who have served our country proudly,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, senior vice president of corporate outreach and chief historian, HISTORY. “Teachers across the country have found this program’s resources to be valuable for all grade-levels.”
Texas cable operators also are joining with HISTORY to ask citizens to support veterans by donating to not-for-profit organizations that provide medical care, counseling and aid to families of veterans. The public can do so by visiting www.veterans.com, the official site for the initiative and portal to several different not-for-profit organizations, including the Armed Services YMCA, America’s VetDogs and Wounded Warrior Project.
In addition, HISTORY will be airing “World War II in HD: The Air War” at 8 p.m. (CST) Nov. 10, with an encore showing at 4 p.m. (CST) Nov. 13. The program is the untold story of the American 8th Air Force’s bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. It draws upon footage unearthed from archives and private collections across the globe. HISTORY preserved and restored this footage ― some of which has not been seen since the 1940s ― and converted it to HD.
TCA (www.txcable.com) has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.