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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


                     Soldiers’ Angels

                     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