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NFL player returns home, visits Veterans at VA hospital
Dontrelle Inman autographs pictures

VA Voluntary Services at the Columbia VA Health Care System saluted Veteran patients by bringing in several local and national organizations, schools, state senators, faith-based ministries, and others to thank Veterans for their selfless service. Among the guests, one stood head and shoulders above the others–literally: NFL player Dontrelle Inman. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 03/02/2020]

The Gift of Time – DAV Volunteer of the Year
Ms. Clara receives the DAV volunteer of the year award

Known simply as Ms. Clara, Clara Lewis has given more than 43,000 hours of her most precious resource – time – to the Veterans of West Texas. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the West Texas VA Health Care System’s George H. O’Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center staff recognized Ms. Clara’s volunteer service in a December 4 ceremony. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/27/2019]

“Sailor Claus” Veteran has arrived with gifts for those in need
Donna Russillo hands a donated toy to Laurie Harris, a social worker with Transition and Care Management

‘Twas the night before Christmas – or somewhere around that time – and all through the Providence VA Medical Center, the Voluntary Service staff was searching for ways to help Veterans who were having a hard time affording gifts for their children. Donna Russillo was trying to organize a grass-roots effort by VA employees to “adopt” Veteran families in need. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/25/2019]

Honoring Veterans on December 3, GivingTuesday
Giving Tuesday logo

VA Voluntary Service is proud to join in celebrating GivingTuesday, a national recognition of opportunities for giving and serving. The holidays are typically a time of cheer, sacred traditions and family gatherings. For many, this time of year also brings about sadness, loneliness, and a greater sense of isolation. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/02/2019]

Vikings Museum Hosts VA Patients for Veterans Day

Bob Miller’s first time outside of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital in three months brought him to the Vikings Museum. Miller, who is recovering from a stroke, visited the museum with his wife, Darlene, and daughter, Kristina Vollmer. Read more
[This article appeared on the Minnesota Vikings website on 11/11/2019]

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and Cheeriodicals Partner to Deliver Duffel Bags to Veteran Facilities Throughout November in Honor of Veterans Day

Two companies are showing veterans some major appreciation in honor of Veterans Day. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the nation’s largest franchised moving company, and Cheeriodicals, a national corporate team-building and corporate gifting company, are partnering to assemble and deliver more than 500 duffel bags to Veteran facilities in four U.S. cities throughout the month of November. Read more
[This article appeared in U.S. Veterans Magazine on 10/2019]

VA volunteer harpist says “thank you and goodbye”
Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers

During my time as a volunteer harpist with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, I’ve grown immeasurably as a musician and as a person. When I first reached out about playing for the VA during my sophomore year, I was motivated mostly by some abstract ideal of service. Music had always been something very academic and solitary for me. It was to be picked apart and perfected alone in a practice room. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 09/09/2019]

Massage therapist’s healing hands help Veterans
Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers

As soon as licensed massage therapist Terry Smith starts to knead Veteran James Davis’s neck and shoulders, Davis begins to relax. “That feels so good,” says Davis, a patient in the Community Living Center (CLC) of the Columbia VA Health Care System. Smith, a U.S. Army Veteran, volunteers her hours at the Columbia VA Medical center. She is known as the massage therapist with the “healing hands.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 08/09/2019]

Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers
Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers

Since 1987, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Transportation Network volunteer drivers have logged 734.6 million miles, providing nearly 19 million no-cost rides for Veterans to and from VA health care appointments. This program makes an incredible impact on Veterans like 94-year-old Vincent Rolves, a former POW who served in WWII. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 08/07/2019]

Red Coat Ambassadors sponsors Veterans to attend Wheelchair Games
Red Coat Ambassadors at the 2019 Wheelchair Games

Red Coat Ambassadors are those who wear a red coat or vest and greet and escort Veterans, visitors and family members at VA sites. Most recently, they’ve helped out at the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair games. The ambassadors provide pleasant personal assistance with navigation and VA information sharing to Vets all around the country each day. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 07/23/2019]

Joshua Johnson: From Orlando VA to Louisiana State University
Joshua Johnson, Red Coat Ambassador at the Orlando VA Medical Center

No matter the way–driving a car or riding a bicycle–Joshua Johnson commits to serving Veterans. Johnson is a familiar face at the Orlando VA Medical Center. With over 700 hours dedicated to volunteering as a Red Coat Ambassador, he has befriended Veterans and gained chosen family. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 07/09/2019]

A portrait of volunteer service: Helen Glass
Helen Glass, VA Volunteer

As a little girl, Helen Glass visited a VA hospital in New Jersey with her father, a WWI Veteran, which sparked a lifetime of service to Veterans. At 96, Glass’ passion for volunteerism and serving Veterans is still thriving. “Back then, they didn’t have volunteers; they didn’t have equipment; they didn’t have anything,” said the Navy Veteran. “I volunteered without even knowing it.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 07/05/2019]

VA North Texas Summer Volunteer Youth Program brings together three generations of volunteers
Theresa Hill and her granddaughter Jacqueline Reeves volunteer at the North Texas VA

Since Jaqueline Reeves was a little girl, she has spent countless hours at VA North Texas Health Care System’s Dallas campus. Now, she’s doing it officially. Reeves is one of 53 teens in the Summer Volunteer Youth Program at VA North Texas. She spends 24 hours per week assisting the 134,000 Veterans who get their health care at one of 12 system facilities in 38 North Texas counties. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/26/2019]

American Legion Auxiliary partners with VA to help Veterans find their way around VA hospitals
Red Coat Ambassadors

Every April, the nation recognizes health care and other volunteers and the services they provide. Across VA, volunteers donate thousands of hours at various sites of care. To ensure a consistent and positive Veteran experience, the Red Coat Ambassador volunteer program is now at every VA medical center. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 04/17/2019]

Veteran inspired by his VA patient experience now leads volunteer program at Detroit VA
Detroit VAMC

More than 75,000 volunteers give 11 million hours a year in service to America’s Veterans. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring, sharing and impact VA volunteers have on Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. For Army Veteran Bill Browning, spending time inside a VA hospital as a patient put him on the path to becoming the Chief of Voluntary Service at the Detroit VA Medical Center. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 04/15/2019]

VA Volunteers: Compassion, love, unselfish caring
VA Volunteers: Compassion, love, unselfish caring

VA salutes our thousands of Volunteers during this National Volunteer Week. We celebrate the volunteer service and shine a light on the men and women in VA facilities across America. We hope they inspire you to volunteer and, like them, lend your time and talent to help us care for our Veterans. Our volunteers come from every occupation and neighborhood. Here is the journey of one dedicated young lady from Volunteer to VA employee who proudly states that she is “Forever Rooted in VA Voluntary Service.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 04/09/2019]