National Salute to Veteran Patients

Every year, during the week of Valentines Day, Veterans Hospitals across the nation welcome their communities to salute the Veterans.

The National Salute to Veteran Patients provides Americans all across the nation an opportunity to let our nation’s Veterans know that they are not forgotten. Local celebrities, elected officials, school children and several other groups visit during this event to show their love and appreciation for the Veterans.

They ask that whether you are an individual or with a group, you come to participate in a variety of activities at the VA medical centers.

There were open-house activities where the community leaders and the public passed out Valentine’s Day cards to veteran patients. The activities and events included special ward visits and valentine distributions; photo opportunities; school essay contests; special recreation activities and Veteran recognition programs.

The Veteran’s Hospital’s hope is that through this event we can accomplish three things: everyone will pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans, there will be an increase in community awareness of the role of the VA medical center, and it will encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.

Their laugher and smiles warmed my heart and the look of joy on each veteran’s face when we walked into their hospital room made it all worthwhile. They were so thankful for our visit even if it was only a few minutes long for each one.


Haley Pontius


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