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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

Veterans gardening during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

Veterans gardening during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

Friday, February 6, 2015

 

VA Western New York Healthcare System is celebrating National Salute to Veteran Patients February 8th - 14th, 2015. This week is to honor Veterans and encourage others to volunteer. Voluntary Service is hosting events and activities for inpatients and outpatients including an open house at the Buffalo VA Campus, February 13th at 1 p.m. and entertainment and activity at the Batavia VA Campus, February 11th at 1:30 p.m.

Last year, 956 volunteers at VA Western NY donated 113,081 hours. It’s never too late for individuals or groups to join with other volunteers at VA Western New York to show appreciation and honor Veterans. There are many volunteer opportunities available including: patient escorting, making reminder appointment phone calls, helping Veterans with computer skills, acting as a friendly greeter, providing relief for caregivers, giving friendship or just lending an ear to listen. To learn more visit http://www.buffalo.va.gov/giving/index.asp  or to become a volunteer call (716) 862 - 8667.

Being a volunteer has many benefits including making new friends, boosting happiness, flexible hours, coffee and cookie socials, a free meal for 4 or more hours of volunteering, enhancing your resume, exploring  careers in health care and free flu vaccine and TB testing.

On behalf of Veterans we would like to thank all of the individuals, Veterans’ groups, military personnel, civic organization, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sport stars who volunteer their time to work with Veterans.

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