“The National Salute to Veterans gives everyone a chance to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten,” Mike Kromoff, chief of Voluntary Services at the medical center, said. “We've invited local celebrities, elected officials, school children and other groups to visit during the week. We would like people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer to our patients.”
Another hope for the week is that visitors will learn more about the important roles volunteers play at the medical center throughout the year and possibly pursue volunteer opportunities.
“Our medical center’s volunteers are an important part of our health care system, and the National Salute program is a great way for people to learn more about helping the veterans we serve at the medical center,” Kromoff said. “Visitors are often surprised at how varied our volunteer opportunities are.”
People across the country can send Valentine’s Day cards and letters to VA medical centers addressed “Dear Veteran.” The cards will be distributed to patients throughout the local center.
Visits to the VA during the National Salute can be scheduled by contacting the Voluntary Service office at 423-926-1171 ext. 2471/2487.