Columbia VA Health Care System
February 6, 2020
VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients’ week
WASHINGTON — Part of an effort to honor hospitalized Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will mark National Salute to Veteran Patients Feb. 9-15 by encouraging communities seek out opportunities to volunteer at their local VA facilities.
“VA values the contributions of our volunteers, donors and partners in helping us keep the promise to America’s Veterans,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “These community resources confirm to our Veterans that we are a nation that cares and remembers their sacrifices every day.”
Last year, schools, community groups and youth organizations nationwide sent more than 109,000 valentines to VA medical centers, which were distributed to Veteran patients at facilities across the country. Additionally, more than 2,900 volunteers and 521 community organizations contributed to events and activities recognizing hospitalized Veterans.
Nationwide, over 61,000 volunteers provide more than 9.2 million volunteer hours serving Veterans. Volunteers are a priceless asset to the nation’s Veterans and to the department.
For those wanting to volunteer and join the mission to honor the sacrifice and service of America's Veterans during the National Salute or any time of year, visit the nearest VA facility or contact Voluntary Service online at www.volunteer.va.gov.
MEDIA ADVISORY: As part of the local effort to honor hospitalized Veterans, several local community leaders, groups, and organizations plan to visit with Veterans at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center during the week of Feb. 10 through 14. Please see the abbreviated list below. Those media outlets wishing to cover any of the visits should contact the Columbia VA HCS public affairs at (803) 4-776-4000, ext. 6519/6998.
Mon (2/10): Richland County Sheriff’s Department
USC Student volunteers
Live music from Brooks Herring, Navy Veteran
Tues (2/11): Disabled American Veterans
Fort Jackson leadership
Wed (2/12): Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
Fort Jackson soldiers
Live music: South Carolina Philharmonic: Healing Harmonies
Thurs (2/13): Columbia VA HCS leadership
South Carolina Senator Kevin Johnson
South Carolina Senator Thomas McElveen III
NFL Wide Receiver Dontrelle Inman
South Carolina National Guard leadership
American Red Cross
Vietnam Vets of America, Chapter 303
Fri (2/14): Team Red, White, and Blue
Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols
Miss Teen South Carolina, Kellan Fenegan
South Carolina Senator Katrina Shealy