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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

National Salute to Veteran Patients

Dwan Edwards Buffalo Bills defensive end player signing autographs for hospitalized veterans.

Buffalo Bills defensive end player Dwan Edwards signing autographs for hospitalized veterans.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

VA Western New York Healthcare System hosted National Salute to Veteran Patients with festivities at the Buffalo and Batavia facilities on Monday, February 14.


In Buffalo, over 100 members of the community, including local politicians, current and former athletes, television and radio personalities, members of youth organizations and the general public were on hand to honor and visit with America’s Heroes. 


In Batavia, Salvation Army members visited Veterans and distributed valentines. Entertainment took place in the community living centers.
National Salute to Veterans Patients also serves to increase the community’s awareness of VA’s role in providing comprehensive medical care to the nation’s Veterans and encourages all Americans to visit hospitalized Veterans and work as VA volunteers.


Observed annually during the week of Valentines Day, National Salute to Veterans Day works along side the nationally syndicated news paper column “Annie’s Mailbox” to ensure that every hospitalized Veteran gets a Valentines Day card.  More than one million cards and letters are sent to VA patients nationally in order to make them feel special and show appreciation for their contributions to the United States. 

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