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Columbia VA Health Care System


VA Begins “Summer of Service” to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans

May 26, 2015

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) - A new nationwide initiative - a "Summer of Service" - seeks the help of citizens in South Carolina to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans here.

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veteran Affairs Medical Center is renewing its commitment to Veterans by inviting the community to visit and explore opportunities to serve veterans during an open house, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Building 5 (Auditorium).

At the open house, Dorn VAMC leadership will provide an update and forecast on services at Dorn VAMC; an overview of recent and future hiring initiatives; spur increased local engagement; and welcome members of the community interested in supporting the needs of Veterans. Additionally, Dorn VAMC staff members will be available to assist Veterans in registering with Veteran's Affairs.

Additionally, in the coming weeks, the Dorn VAMC will be working closely with Congressional partners, veterans service organizations, mayors and local communities, private sector and non-profit organizations, and VA employees to identify new and innovative ways to support VA's commitment to care for those who "have borne the battle" and their families. 

During this last year, Dorn VAMC has been actively and aggressively hiring more health care professionals, increasing available hours, and expanding services and will continue to do so in the future.  In an effort to improve the Veteran's customer service experience, VA has begun the most comprehensive reorganization in its history.  The initiative, called MyVA, has been guided by ideas and recommendations from veterans, employees and stakeholders. 

"There is no mission more noble than serving veterans and their families. At VA, we constantly strive to improve the way we do our job," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.  "State by state, community by community, person by person, there are a number of ways we can all come together to serve veterans. From expanded partnerships with the private sector and non-profit organizations, to accelerating hiring, to celebrating the commitment of VA employees and volunteers - we need the help of communities everywhere to succeed."

Volunteers can help serve veterans by visiting to find out the needs of your local VA facility. Follow #VASummerOfService on Vantage Point, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join VA in caring for America's veterans.