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Volunteers clean national cemeteries for National Day of Service Sept. 10
A volunteer cleans a headstone at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia Sept. 10, 2021.

Volunteers from across the U.S. gathered in 65 VA national cemeteries for a National Day of Service Sept. 10. The cleaning efforts included thousands of volunteers cleaning tens of thousands of graves, including 47 killed Sept. 11, 2001.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 09/10/2021]

VA nurse executive volunteers over 300 hours to administer vaccines
Standing Ready - Innovating Volunteers

“There’s a reward to serving,” explained La Tara Miller, clinical program manager in VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector. “During the pandemic, I just looked for a way to do what I know best, take care of people.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/19/2021]

Standing Ready #5: Innovating volunteers
Standing Ready - Innovating Volunteers

Welcome to Standing Ready episode 5, “Innovating Volunteers.” This episode looks at how volunteers have built communities of care and support throughout history and continue to meet the needs of Veterans today. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/02/2021]

Pre-med student: Volunteer with over 1,000 hours
Youth volunteer Anit Tyagi

Hard work has earned 20-year old Youth Volunteer Anit Tyagi a $7,500 scholarship for his ongoing dedication to serving Veterans with the emergency medical team at VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/16/2021]

Want to join VA’s Digital Media Engagement Virtual Volunteer program?
Student volunteer Jordan

VA’s Office of Public Affairs’ Digital Media Engagement (DME) team is expanding its Virtual Volunteer program to invite new volunteers to help create content that honors Veterans and helps them learn more about their benefits. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/13/2021]

Gulf Coast VA welcomes back volunteers
Director Gulf Coast VA Voluntary Service and Volunteer

Despite an ongoing global health crisis which inhibited volunteer efforts at VA facilities, Gulf Coast VA Voluntary Services reports that through April, community volunteer efforts have remained consistent. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/02/2021]

VHA observes 75 years, 1 billion hours of volunteerism
VA New Release

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) celebrates its 75-year milestone anniversary during National Volunteer Week, April 18–24. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA News Releases on 04/22/2021]

Nurse returns from retirement to help heal Veterans
Army-Navy Veterans: 'It turns into a friendship'

Thérèse Duggan recently received her official credentials from Human Resources, allowing her to join VA’s volunteer force as a physician ambassador. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 03/16/2021]

Veterans volunteer to help seniors stay in their homes
Army-Navy Veterans: 'It turns into a friendship'

Ron Burge, a retired Army Veteran, says that a motto that held true during his years of military service applies to his volunteer work with senior Veterans in the Colorado Springs area. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 02/06/2021]

COVID-19 Research Volunteer: Dr. Sabrina Clark
VA clinical employee volunteering

Joining VA’s COVID-19 research volunteer list does not commit someone to sign up for a vaccine or treatment trial if he or she is selected. That distinction is very important to Dr. Sabrina Clark, who distinguishes her willingness to be part of the volunteer list from her willingness to volunteer for a study. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 01/11/2021]

VA employees volunteer to answer nation’s call
VA clinical employee volunteering

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 Veterans Health Administration staff have volunteered for more than 3,700 deployments to support Veterans and civilians in the most hard-hit areas of the country. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 01/07/2021]

VA Youth Volunteer of the Year 2020: “I’m here to help other people”
Youth volunteer Serena Parmar proudly displays her VA Youth Volunteer award with (left to right) her parents, Dr. Deepti Parmar, Dr. Raj Parmar and Don Van Borsch, Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus have honored Serena Parmar for her volunteer service of more than 400 hours at the Columbia VA Health Care System. Parmar has volunteered at the Columbia VA for the past four years, giving freely of her time to honor Veterans for their service. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 01/03/2021]

Senior companion volunteer’s clients are like family
David Sergent and a Veteran

David Sergent knows the importance of home. He plays an important role in helping to keep Veterans living in their own houses and communities as they age. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/22/2020]

From K9 handler in Vietnam to VA volunteer
Marion Bales and a dog

Marion Bales was a high school senior the day a Marine Corps vehicle pulled up in front of his parents’ house. His mother immediately broke down in anguish, imagining the worst about his older brother, who was serving in Vietnam. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/13/2020]

Thousands of face shields donated by all-volunteer group to help VA in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
VA News Release

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today more than 36,000 face shields were donated by Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group — aiding in the COVID-19 pandemic response. The donation, worth nearly $200,000, was coordinated through VA’s Office of Voluntary Service and shipped to 48 VA medical centers during the week of Veterans Day. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs News Releases on 12/10/2020]

Partnership feeds 500 Veterans over holidays
Volunteer holding a frozen turkey

What do a turkey farmer, a car dealership and a government agency have in common? Cars snake around the parking lot as an army of volunteers hands out holiday meals at the Salt Lake City VA. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/05/2020]

AARP’s Honoring Heroes contest offers $1,000 prize to outstanding Veteran, volunteer
Woman sitting at a table writing in cards

In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, AARP’s Create the Good launched its third annual Honoring Heroes contest to celebrate Veterans who help their communities and volunteers who help improve the lives of Veterans. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/02/2020]

Thank our Veterans on Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday

Every year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, organizations around the world acknowledge Giving Tuesday. It’s a global day of giving and service. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/01/2020]

A special Thanksgiving thank you
VA Volunteers provide food for Veterans, families, caregivers and staff

VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) estimates there have been more than $25 million in gifts and donations to VA designated for COVID-19 support alone. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 11/25/2020]

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]