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.
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.