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Columbia VA Health Care System



November 19, 2018

Appreciation, thankfulness flows between services at Dorn VAMC

Story by Jennifer Scales, Public Affairs Office Columbia VA Health Care System 

Ask just about anyone what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season and you may find that the normal response will be anything from life itself to their immediate family.

But at the Columbia VA Health Care System, one service line is definitely appreciative for their fellow employees. The Voluntary Services Office at the Dorn VA Medical Center showed their appreciation to the Finance Staff with just a small token of their gratefulness Nov. 16 by offering and preparing a homemade lunch.

“We want to be the change that Veterans Affairs is seeking, and we start by making steps to express and show appreciation to each other,” Tammy Finney, chief of Community Relations and Engagement Services said. “We all have so much to deal with on a daily basis but we wanted to express our own sincere gratefulness to the Finance branch here for keeping us fiscally sound.”

Catherine Taylor, a budget analyst at Dorn, was one of the Finance team members present for the surprise luncheon. Taylor said, “I am just happy for them to do this for us. To be recognized and appreciated for something we do normally anyway is really a treat for us.”

Homemade soup, salad, chili and pound cake were just some of the offerings for the Finance team.

Air Force Veteran and payroll technician Reginald Jenkins expressed how wonderful the luncheon gesture was for him. “This feels really good to have someone show their appreciation, and its especially great for morale,” Jenkins said.

Angela Donald, assistant chief of finance, stated she has been at Dorn since 2011 and, although she’s been a part of plenty of other recognitions, this is the first time she has ever been a part of a special recognition like this. “It feels good to get appreciation by people we work with daily.” Donald said. “When I told the rest of the staff of the planned luncheon, they all asked, ‘What did we do?’ because daily they just go about their normal routine without thinking about who it affects. Clearly, this shows that mindset is changing.”

Budget analyst Raven Robinson also commented on the appreciation. “This brings about a sort of fellowship,” Robinson said. “We actually get a chance to see people and put a face with a name with someone we normally just deal with by way of email.”

From the Voluntary Services Office side, Mary Kirkland also added why she wanted to thank and fellowship with the Finance service. “Yes, we are thankful for what they do, but we also want them to know we appreciate what they always do for the Veterans,” Kirkland said.

The Finance Service of the Columbia VA HCS is comprised of staff who perform operations in budget, payroll, accounting, and agent cashiers.