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VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients’

February 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Press Release header. Office of Public Affairs Media Relations (310) 268-3340 VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov

LOS ANGELES – 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.

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is hosting National Salute to Veteran festivities starting this February 7. Visit our website at www.losangeles.va.gov/calendar.asp for additional details on all our events.

Friday, February 7, 11:30 a.m.

West LA-South Central Elks and American Legion 252 B-B-Q
Orlando Quad Picnic Area
VA West Los Angeles Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90073

Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center - Patient Social
2nd Floor Patio
351 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3328

Tuesday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m.

VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center - Patients Brunch
Bldg. 200, Rec. Hall
16111 Plummer Street
Sepulveda, CA 91343-2036

Thursday, February 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

VA West Los Angeles Medical Center - Valentine’s Day Dance
Bldg. 500, Rm.1281
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90073

"National Salute to Veteran Patients allows our local community to say ‘Thank You’ to our Veterans for their service and dedication," said Alexia Lunningham, chief of Voluntary Service, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. "You can make a world of difference in the lives of our Nation’s heroes with a visit or by volunteering."

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, contact the VAGLAHS Voluntary Service Office at 310-268-4350 or visit our website at www.losangeles.va.gov and click on the Volunteer or Donate tab to learn more about volunteering at the local VA.

 

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About VAGLAHS: The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. VAGLAHS consists of 2 ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 9 community-based outpatient clinics.