Reach Out and Say Thanks During VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients The Week of february 14th


VA patient stops by a Paralyzed Veterans of America booth While the issues of taking care of our veterans can be vast and complex, sometimes a simple “thank-you” goes a long way. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said that veterans always appreciate heartfelt recognition of their service. Shinseki encourages everyone to participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients.

The week of February 14 annually offers the opportunity for us all to recognize and say thanks to the more than 98,000 veterans who are cared for daily in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. So this year, Feb. 9-15, Shinseki asks Americans to visit and volunteer at VA medical centers and to send letters of thanks or Valentine’s Day cards to those who have protected our nation. Last year more than 310,424 valentines were received at VA medical centers and 18,770 members of the public visited more than 72,000 Veteran patients

One West Coast national service officer said that veterans are always thrilled for any visitors who come by to reach out and thank them for serving. “It’s very important to them to receive that recognition,” he said. “A visit or a card or letter just means the world to them.”

The annual February program encourages a tribute and expression of appreciation to veterans, an increase in community awareness of the role of VA medical centers, and visits to hospitalized veterans. It also serves as a call for volunteers at VA facilities across the country. To find out about volunteer opportunities, visit this link

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I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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