Jennifer Love Hewitt Joins VA as National Spokesperson for Youth

Jennifer Love Hewitt

WASHINGTON - Actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt has teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to promote Veterans Day and youth volunteerism.

"We are excited to have Jennifer join VA as a national spokesperson," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "Jennifer shares VA’s commitment to Veterans and she’s helping to spread the news to America’s youth about our courageous Veterans."

Hewitt is best known to television audiences as "Sarah Reeves" in the hit drama series "Party of Five." Most recently, she starred in the feature film "Tuxedo" and is currently on tour promoting her fourth music album.

"I want to show the kids of America that Veterans are not just grandparents, uncles and aunts, they’re our classmates, neighbors and friends," Hewitt said. "Veterans deserve our utmost respect and admiration for the sacrifices they have made for each and every one of us. I want to bring their stories to the attention of those who need to understand that freedom isn’t free."

As National Honorary Spokesperson for Veterans Day, Hewitt will be visiting VA medical centers and sharing the stories of Veterans with school-age children nationwide. She will also be involved in public service announcements promoting awareness of Veterans’ issues.

After meeting recently with national leaders of DAV and VFW, Hewitt announced she would partner with DAV to promote its national youth volunteer program and with VFW to publicize its Veterans in the classroom program. Jennifer Love Hewitt

"We welcome Jennifer Love Hewitt’s involvement with the youth volunteer program at VA medical facilities," said Edward R. Heath Sr., National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans. "Her enthusiasm for Veterans can serve to inspire other young people to help give back to those who have given so much for all of us."

"Jennifer Love Hewitt’s commitment to Veterans reflects the true spirit of today’s generation of young people which is often overlooked or wrongfully maligned," said John Senk Jr., National Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. "Jennifer will be an outstanding spokesperson for VA’s youth volunteer program and a terrific role model for thousands of young Americans to emulate."

About Jennifer: Role model for younger generations
Best-known to television audiences as "Sarah Reeves" on the award-winning drama series "Party of Five," Jennifer Love Hewitt’s popularity in the role prompted show producers to spin-off the character into a drama, "Time of Your Life."

Hewitt once received critical acclaim as the title role in the ABC Original Movie "Audrey Hepburn," based on the life of the beloved Academy Award-winning actress. The film dramatized Audrey’s life from her traumatic childhood during the Nazi occupation of Holland in WWII to her celebrated status as an international film star.

In addition to her television projects, Hewitt has starred in several successful feature films, including "I Know What You Did Last Summer," for which she won a 1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award. Hewitt also starred in the film’s sequel "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" and the comedies "Can’t Hardly Wait", "The Suburbans" and "Heartbreakers". Her additional feature film credits include "Telling You," "Sister Act 2," and "House Arrest."

The multi-talented actress is a gifted vocalist with three solo albums to her credit. She made her Atlantic Records debut with the dance-oriented pop album Let’s Go Band, followed by Jennifer Love Hewitt. Her first CD, Love Songs, was released in Japan in 1992 with singles from the album released in Britain, Germany and Austria.

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