Martinsburg VAMC Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VAMC Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018

November 1, 2018

Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.”

Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.

That tradition continues again this year with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

  • senior leader visits to VA facilities
  • open houses
  • town halls
  • benefits claims clinics
  • volunteer recognitions
  • homeless Veteran initiative events
  • suicide prevention events
  • faith-based community events
  • flag planting tributes at national cemeteries
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center was the only VA medical center designated as a regional site for Veterans Day and will hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:
  • Nov. 1 - Day of Prayer
  • Nov. 8 - Roll Call of Remembrance
  • Nov. 10 - Road to Freedom 5K
  • Nov. 10 - Veterans Day Program
  • Nov. 10 - HeroHaven Homeless Stand Down
  • Nov. 13 - Day of Service
  • Nov. 16 - Magic Show
  • Nov. 29 - Healing Arts Show
This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes.

“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

“We make an effort to have Veterans feel like every day is Veterans Day when they walk through our medical center doors,” said Timothy J. Cooke, medical center director. “We are always working with our staff and community partners to have events that celebrate the Veterans we are so proud to serve.”

The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.