VA Western New York Healthcare System
National Salute to Veteran Patients Open House
February 9, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
Cell: (716) 512-9338
National Salute to Veteran Patients VA Western New York Healthcare System Open House
During Valentine’s Week many of us think about those who have personally touched our lives in a special way. At VA we show our admiration, respect and honor Veterans with our National Salute to Veteran Patients. The Salute offers VA’s and communities across the nation the opportunity to partner together to honor Veterans with special visits, cards and mementos during their hospitalized stay or outpatient visit.
VA Western New York Healthcare System invites local celebrities and community leaders to visit with Veterans at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue, on Wednesday, February 14. A short ceremony will take place to honor veterans and welcome local celebrities, civic officials and group leaders in Freedom Hall, Room 301 at 1 p.m.
For the fortieth consecutive year, the nationally syndicated column started by Ann Landers, now called “Annie’s Mailbox” has devoted a column to the National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine cards and letters to hospitalized Veterans at VA medical centers. "During National Salute, we salute men and women who have paid and continue to pay the price of freedom,” said Interim Healthcare System Director Michael J. Swartz. “Valentine cards with heartfelt messages made by local school children are being displayed and given to our Veterans to thank them for what they have done for our country in the past and support them in the challenges they face today," said Swartz
Director Swartz wants Veterans to know we are here to serve their health care needs, and encourages Veterans to stop in to the Veterans Service Center to enroll in VA health care. Additionally, the public can learn about volunteer opportunities by calling 761-862-8671. "Our volunteers are an essential component of our health care team. The National Salute is a great way for everyone to learn more about helping the Veterans we serve, and how Veterans can access VA health care.” Swartz said.
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