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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Keep a Veteran in Your Heart this Valentine's Day

Volunteer providing coffee for veteran patients

As a volunteer, you can experience meaningful assignments throughout the health care system with assignments based on your skills, needs and desired level of involvement.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Proud American men and women are serving and sacrificing for freedom around the world as America’s military defends us against terrorism. Many of the Veterans from this current conflict are coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with special needs and challenges that require the hearts and hands of a new generation of VA volunteers.

The VA Maryland Health Care System invites citizens young and old to join us in honoring our Veterans and learning more about VA’s volunteer program especially during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, Feb. 13-19, an annual recognition throughout the VA to honor the men and women who served this country in uniform. Timed to coincide with Valentine's Day, the National Salute celebration connects the holiday’s sentiments of caring and sharing to expressing honor and appreciation to Veterans for their sacrifice and service.

This year, we are saluting Veterans with our 2nd Annual Valentines for Veterans Concert, featuring Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Charlie Thomas Drifters. Tickets went fast for this show, which is one of 17 concerts being held across the country as part of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. Also as part of the Salute, community groups are already scheduled to visit Veteran patients at our medical centers and outpatient clinics. We want to thank them for thinking ahead.  What you may not realize is that every citizen can make a positive difference in the life of a Veteran patient.  Visits from community, church and service groups do much to lift the spirits of our patients.  I invite every member of our community to consider visiting our Veteran patients.

National Salute celebrates Veterans and encourages volunteerism at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the country.  The VA Maryland Health Care System offers an array of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. As a volunteer, you can experience meaningful assignments throughout the health care system with assignments based on your skills, needs and desired level of involvement. We want your volunteer experience to be as rewarding for you as it is for us, and we work hard to help pair our volunteers with assignments that most closely fit their special talents.

For information about becoming a volunteer with the VA Maryland Health Care System, call our Voluntary Service office at one of the following numbers:

  • Baltimore VA Medical Center, call 1-800-463-6295, ext. 5505
  • Perry Point VA Medical Center can call 1-800-949-1003, ext. 1038
  • Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center can call 1-800-463-6295, ext.5877  

I welcome every citizen to celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week—Feb. 13 -19— even if it’s something as simple as sending Valentines to Veteran patients and together let’s show our Veterans our appreciation for their sacrifice and service.

Dennis H. Smith
Director
VA Maryland Health Care System

 

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