In recognition of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week (Feb. 9-15), San Francisco VA Medical Center staff and Congresswoman Jackie Speier distributed Valentine’s Day cards to Bay Area Veterans on Feb. 14 at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
This annual event was an opportunity for the public to say “thank you” to a special group of men and women, the more than 9 million veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. Advice columnist Ann Landers started the tradition of sending Valentine’s Day cards to veterans 33 years ago. She has devoted a column to the National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine cards and letters to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities. More than a million cards and letters are sent to VA patients each year during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.
The National Salute to Veteran Patients also aims to:
- pay tribute and express appreciation to veterans;
- increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center;
- encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans, become involved as volunteers, or donate to local VA facilities to enhance programs and activities for veterans.
To learn more, visit www.volunteer.va.gov/NationalSaluteVeteranPatients.asp.
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