VA Maryland Health Care System
A Call to Volunteer
During the week of Feb. 12-18, the VA Maryland Health Care System invited Maryland residents to join us during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week--an annual recognition throughout the VA to honor the men and women who served our nation in uniform. This annual recognition is timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, connecting the holiday’s sentiments of caring and sharing to our Veterans.
During that week, Marylanders sent Veteran patients Valentines cards and other notes expressing appreciation for their sacrifice.
This year, we saluted Veterans with our 3rd Annual Valentine’s for Veterans Concert and our 6th Annual Welcome Home Celebration starring The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. The Veteran residents at the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center were treated to a private performance when the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards visited them the day before the annual event. The celebration didn’t end at the concert, the VA’s Valentines for Veterans Concert Chairman and daytime actor James Reynolds also spent some one-on-one time with the Loch Raven VA residents.
In addition, community groups scheduled visits with Veteran patients at our medical centers and outpatient clinics as part of National Salute. What many do not realize, however, is that every resident can make a positive difference in a Veteran patient’s life. Visits from community, church, service and civic groups do much to lift the spirits of our patients. While the week celebrates Veterans, the National Salute recognition also encourages volunteerism at VA medical centers.
Volunteers can experience an array of opportunities for both individuals and groups and meaningful assignments are available throughout the health care system based on individual skills, needs and desired involvement. The VA Maryland Health Care System wants its volunteers to enjoy a rewarding experience, and Voluntary Service staff members work hard to pair volunteers with assignments closely fitting their special talents.
Becoming a volunteer is easy. For more information, call the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Voluntary Service office at 1-800-949-1003, ext. 1136, or visit our website at www.maryland.va.gov.