VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System invites the public to participate in open-house activities Feb. 12-18 during the National Salute to Veteran Patients.
"The National Salute to Veteran Patients gives everyone a chance to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten," said VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System voluntary program leader, Karen Cinnamon. "We've invited local celebrities, elected officials, and other groups to visit during the week. We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer to our patients."
Cinnamon said she hopes visitors will also learn more about the important roles volunteers play at the healthcare system throughout the year and perhaps pursue volunteer opportunities.
"Our healthcare system's 954 volunteers are an important part of our health care team and the National Salute program is a great way for people to learn more about helping the Veterans we serve here at VAPHS," Cinnamon said. "Visitors are often surprised at how varied our volunteer opportunities are."
Citizens, young and old, are once again sending Valentine's Day cards and letters to VA medical centers simply addressed "Dear Veteran." Cinnamon said they are being distributed to patients throughout VAPHS. Please send your Valentines cards by Feb. 10 to:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Voluntary Service 118V-A
1010 Delafield Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
To check out VA Pittsburgh's National Salute Week schedule, visit our Facebook site. Individuals or groups wishing to participate in this VA program should call the voluntary service office at 412-822-3096.
Check out what's happening nationally: www.volunteer.va.gov/NationalSaluteVeteranPatients.asp