VA celebrates the dedicated volunteers who serve our nation’s Veterans


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VA proudly joins the nation in observing National Volunteer Week – an annual celebration to honor the selfless service of individuals around the country who are actively involved in civic engagement. Throughout the week, VA facilities around the country will hold events to honor and recognize the dedicated volunteers who make life better for America’s Veterans and their families.

Volunteers at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center

Volunteers at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center

The VA Voluntary Service Program is a model for harnessing the power of volunteerism throughout America. VA volunteers have set the standard for excellence in service for more than seven decades. As times have changed, so has the work of our volunteers; yet their mission and focus has never wavered. They are always adapting to key priorities and expanding programs to meet the changing demographic and needs of our nation’s Veterans. Our volunteers are the unsung heroes who have made a significant difference in the lives of generations of Veterans by showing them that they are not forgotten by giving their time, their talents and their hearts.

Last year, 74,000 VA volunteers contributed more than 10 million hours of service supporting Veterans. Additionally, these individuals along with approximately 7,400 community partners generously donated more than $97 million to VA, supporting critical programs and essential services that have had a lasting and positive impact on Veterans. Their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the American Spirit.

During National Volunteer Week, I invite you to join me in recognizing the volunteers you see in our VA facilities, programs, community-based events, and cemeteries. I take special pride in the work of our volunteers and offer my sincere gratitude on behalf of VA and the Veterans we serve.


Author

David Shulkin

Dr. David J. Shulkin is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Prior to his confirmation on Feb. 13, 2017, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million Veterans.

Comments

  1. SHANNON LEE BROUGH    

    AS A VETERAN WHO LIVE SIN NEW ALABNY INDIANA,WE ARE ALWAYS BEING TREATED DIFFERENT,WHERE DO WE GET ANSWER FROM THE VA,LOUISVILLE KY OR INDIANAPOLIS IN.WE ALSO HAVE TROUBE WITH VSO IN NEW ALBANY INDIANA-GLENN HAMMACK,NEED MORE RESOUCRES AND NEW PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THE VETERANS AND NOT JUST GETTING A PAYCHECK,PLEASE HELP US GET THE ANSWER TODAY!

  2. Brad Markell    

    Is there a party at VA Hospital in Long Beach for the volunteers?

  3. katrina turner    

    Bravo Zulu to all my brothers and sisters

  4. eugene manges    

    i would like to volunteers at a local va rehab or hospital

  5. Ronald R. Schouweiler    

    I’m a US Army Veteran, who served as an assistant to the Adjutant General and served discreetly in the US Army intelligence at the US Army General Ordnance Depot, Nancy, France, from 1960 to 1962. I accomplished two very successful missions behind the former Iron Curtain, from which I caught and had arrested – over a period of two years – one proven spy and one Communist agent.

    Furthermore, I “cleaned up” the graft on our depot to the amazement of most of the officers. Asked how I accomplished such fêtes, I simply stated in private that I had practiced as a. German teenager when visiting familial friends in Berlin.

  6. Vincent Felder    

    Mr.David you need to do something on the wait time for veteran that have a appel bcuz im one that having hardship me @my family been put out our home living with my brother only have 2more week there don’t know where else we can go put in for hardship still no response what a veteran to do it’s not fair serve your country and this how we get treate

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