Dear Editor:

 

This Valentine’s Day, many Veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended. No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no Veteran should be.

 

I would like to personally invite every one of your readers to show their love and appreciation to Veterans by visiting the either the Malcom Randall or Lake CityVeterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Feb. 11-17.

 

Your readers can join our "Visit a Vet for Valentine's Day" program or arrange for a visit through our Voluntary Service Office during National Salute week to visit Veterans at a VA facility and remind them that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

 

However, the love doesn’t have to end on Valentine’s Day. Many of our Veterans are coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with special needs and challenges that require the hearts and hands of a new generation of VA volunteers. VA invites citizens, young and old, to join us in honoring our Veterans year-round by learning more about VA’s volunteer program as well.

 

Every citizen can make a positive difference in the life of a Veteran patient. Visits from community groups do so much to lift the spirits of our patients. I invite every member of our community to participate.

 

Call our Voluntary Service office at 352-548-6068 for the Malcom Randall VAMC or (386) 755- 3016, ext. 2032 for the Lake City VAMC to schedule a visit and learn how to join the VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients.