Honoring those who served this National Salute to Veteran Patients week


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Valentine’s Day is a great time to say thanks to America’s Veterans during our annual National Salute to Veteran Patients.

All this week, we invite you to join us as we pay tribute to America’s heroes – the men and women we proudly care for and serve.  Men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as Americans.

This week, VA facilities across the nation are honoring these men and women as we who are entrusted with their care reflect upon our obligation to serve those who have served us.

There will be special ceremonies and activities at VA medical centers.

Several VA medical facilities will host “Valentines for Veterans” concerts featuring acclaimed musicians. Just a few: The Augusta Players will perform at the Augusta, Georgia, VA medical center. Pianist Stella Monshaw and vocalist Janet Bartucciotto will entertain Veteran patients at the VA medical center in Loma Linda, California. Patients at the VA hospital in Durham, North Carolina, will have a performance by pianists David Geng and Chris Zhou.

The Miracles will put on a show at the Los Angeles VA medical center and John Michael Montgomery will perform in Sioux Falls. Shenandoah will entertain Veterans at the John J. Pershing VA medical center while the Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Atlanta VA medical center.

More than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services are cared for every day in VA medical facilities, outpatient clinics, domiciliary sites, and community living centers.

A million Valentines for Veterans

Learn how you can honor our Veterans all year by volunteering

You can make a difference in their lives with a visit or by volunteering.  Find out more at www.volunteer.va.gov.

Our volunteers do the endless list of jobs that are necessary in caring for Veterans.  Some of our volunteers even blaze their own paths, using their unique skills and creative vision to find new ways to thank Veterans.  In short, our volunteers do what it takes to make their heroes feel at home.

They read to patients, provide recreation transportation, entertainment and training; and further offer respite for caregivers, coaching, friendship, or sometimes the value of a volunteer is as simple as the offer of a sympathetic ear.

Volunteers describe their experience

If you’re looking for Henry on Tuesday, he’ll be at the VA. Watch his story and learn how you can volunteer.

Tanya, Dan and Alan explain why they volunteer.

 A million Valentines for Veterans

A million Valentines for Veterans

For the 31st consecutive year, the nationally syndicated column started by Ann Landers, now called “Ask Annie,” has devoted a column to the National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine cards and letters to hospitalized Veterans at VA medical facilities.

More than a million cards and letters are sent to VA patients each year during National Salute.

If you want to bring a valentine to Veterans in your local VA medical center, here’s their locations.

Author

Hans Petersen

Comments

  1. thomas gomez sr    

    THE CHARLESTON VA HOSPITAL IN CHARLESTON SC. THE NAVEL HOSPITAL. IN BEAUFORT SC, THE SAV GEORGIA VETERANS CLINIC.. SHOULD BE TEMPLATE FOR THE VA IN MY OPINION.. THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT US VETERANS..GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA LOVE THERE VETERANS I WENT FOR A NUKE STRESS TEST IN CHARLESTON YESTERDAY. THEY TREATED ME SO GOOD. YOU CAN LOOK IN THEIR EYES AND SEE THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT US.. THANK YOU VA! THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT ALL US VETERANS ! FOR ONE IS TRULY GRATEFUL..

  2. Tim Koscinski    

    My VA Hospital in Dallas Texas is the best Everyone says Hi and lends a helping Hand.I feel welcome and not a burden .
    Tim Koscinski
    US NAVY VIET NAM 1969

  3. Thomas Burkhardt    

    VA Outpatient Center in The Villages Malcom Randall Medical Center of always giving me good attention and medical treatment and seem like they cared about me

  4. Delbert James Gossert    

    Tripler Amry Medical has always done right by.me. The doctors, nurses and staff have gone above and beyond to my to caree for my needs. I have had two surgeries and another coming up the end of the month. I live on a different island, so it does make in harder to coordinate my surgery. They go out of their way to fit me into their schedule because of the fly time, post opt and the surgery. Aloha and MAHAHO to the whole staff at Tripler.

  5. James Fetterman    

    How come the VA in Northport never does anything like this or if they do they don’t tell us…

  6. james kerwin    

    VAMC Martinsburg, Wv is mostly caring people, but their management has a bad attitude that ripples down to those in Neuro and Ortho. They are there only to put in their 4 hours of maybe work and chitchatting the rest.

    The Clinic in Harrisonburg, Va is exceptional and should be the model for every hospital and clinic. They CARE.
    I won’t go to VAMC Martinsburg again. I’m paying my own civilian doctors. This far from Korea and I was right the Naval Hospitals were the best.

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