Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
Honor Veterans during National Salute week
All are invited to join the Walla Walla VA Medical Center this week to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans during National Salute to Veteran Patients (NSVP) Week with cookies as well as a cake/reception.
NSVP week is celebrated annually during the week of Valentine’s Day. This year, the Walla Walla VA will recognize Veterans starting Monday, February 10. Cookies and balloons will be placed in public patient care areas. And on Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14 – there will be a reception and celebratory cake in the Veteran Canteen Service’s coffee shop located in Bldg. 143 starting at 11 a.m. on the Walla Walla VA campus at 77 Wainwright Drive in Walla Walla. We invite area Veterans to stop by during this special week so Walla Walla VA staff and your community can say “thank you”.
“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.”
NSVP week gives every American the chance to say “thank you” to Veterans for their freedom by sending Valentines to VA medical facilities and recognizing and thanking Veterans they encounter. You’re invited to drop off Valentine’s Day cards or take the extra step to visit our heroes in person. You can even volunteer at a VA medical facility to build skills and serve those who served first.
The annual VA NSVP program began in 1978 when VA took over sponsorship of a program started in 1974 by the humanitarian organization, No Greater Love, Inc. A week of recognition and activities is planned by local VA Voluntary Service Committees, Voluntary Service and Public Affairs staff, and is a week of caring and sharing which underscores the Salute's expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans alike.
Today, more than 100,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services are cared for every day in VA medical facilities, outpatient clinics, domiciliary sites, and community living centers. And YOU can make a difference in their lives with a visit or by volunteering. Find out more at www.volunteer.va.gov. You can also visit Walla Walla VA’s volunteer page at www.wallawalla.va.gov/giving/index.asp. Help us help our Veterans.
“One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.” ~ Anonymous