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VA Launches 'Kids Page' Web Site

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2003 – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launch of "VA Kids" today, a new Web page designed to help young people understand what it means to be a veteran.

"The ideals of military service and patriotism can be unfamiliar to some children and young adults," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "The VA Kids Web page supports President Bush's initiatives on education and volunteerism by providing an entertaining and informative way for young people to learn why veterans are special."

The site, contains areas for students in kindergarten through Grade 5, for Grades 6 through 12, and for teachers. VA Kids also has information about VA, Veterans Day, scholarships, student volunteer opportunities, rehabilitative and special events for disabled veterans and links to veteran-related sites.

For younger students, the site has interactive activities such as puzzles, coloring pages, matching contests and age-appropriate language to describe a number of patriotic topics.

For older students, the page has information on volunteer programs, scholarships and more sophisticated educational resources, games and reference links. The teachers' section contains more information, links and suggested classroom activities.

"The title 'veteran' is bestowed by a grateful nation on citizens willing to sacrifice everything to preserve our freedom," Principi said. "It is our responsibility to honor these heroes by ensuring that each American generation understands what this prestigious title means."

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