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Student volunteer earns multiple scholarships
Student volunteer Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham spent the summers of 2018 and 2019 working at VA Central Office in Washington D.C. She was a student volunteer in the Office of Management Review. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 11/05/2020]

Service awards salute Volunteer Service
Columbia volunteer Dorothy Dickert

Four volunteers at the Columbia VA Health Care System were recently recognized for selflessly volunteering for a combined total of more than 26,000 hours serving Veterans. Volunteers provide valuable assistance and play a critical role in fulfilling the Columbia VA mission to serve Veterans. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 11/01/2020]

Muskogee VA volunteers begin return to health care facility
Muskokee volunteer answers phone

Thousands of VA volunteers have had their normal activities disrupted since early spring due to COVID-19. Then, VA paused the volunteer program to protect Veterans, health care providers and volunteers from the risk of exposure to the virus. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 10/13/2020]

Volunteers return safely to national cemeteries during COVID-19
VA volunteer Tyler Herring

Volunteers are returning to national cemeteries under certain circumstances, following strict COVID-19 guidance. More than 40 volunteers displayed the new policies during an event Sept. 19 at Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 09/22/2020]

VA volunteer Barbara Abbey awarded national honor
VA volunteer Barbara Abbey standing by her car

AARP held a contest this summer inviting Americans to nominate exceptional volunteers in the “Show Your Love Volunteer 2020” competition. The San Antonio VA is proud to announce that volunteer Barbara Abbey was one of the top winners. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 09/18/2020]

North Florida South Georgia VHS holds “Drive Thru Baby Shower” 22 August at Malcom Randall VA Medical Center Gainesville Florida
Paula Cummings, Secretary Voluntary Service (L) and Nicky Adams, Chief Voluntary Service (R)

Over 80 expectant or recently delivered Warrior Mom’s were eligible to attend the Drive thru event. The Women’s Veteran Program and VA Voluntary Service held the event which was originally scheduled for around Mother’s Day. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health System Facebook page on 08/25/2020]

VA welcoming back volunteers – with safeguards
Summer youth volunteer

Thirty-one years ago, Harold Lee Davis, an Army Veteran, began serving Veterans by volunteering along with his wife Hilda, first at the Fort Howard VA Medical Center and then at the Loch Raven VA Medical Center. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 08/12/2020]

Summer youth volunteers go virtual to help Veterans
Summer youth volunteer

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s annual Summer Youth Program kicked-off with one big change: this year’s program is virtual. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 08/07/2020]

VA Voluntary Services strikes big with Bowlers to Veterans Link donation
Bowlers to Veterans Link

VA received a $100,000 grant from Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) to support two new VA virtual initiatives—the Compassionate Contact Corps and Tele-yoga therapy. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/23/2020]

Gary Sinise Foundation donates meals to VA hospital staff during COVID-19 pandemic
VA News Release

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the Gary Sinise Foundation has committed to providing up to 20,000 meals to VA health care and frontline workers. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs News Releases on 05/27/2020]

VA encourages donations to help homeless Veterans or those at risk of homelessness during COVID-19 pandemic
VA  News Release

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new initiative requesting the public to make donations to help provide emergency relief and facilitate remote access to health care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs News Releases on 05/18/2020]

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]