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Martinsburg VA Medical Center Salutes Veterans

February 8, 2017

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) will celebrate the annual National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 12 through18 with activities to pay tribute, express appreciation and honor Veteran patients.

Throughout the week medical center staff and volunteers will provide entertainment, gifts and snacks as they visit our hospitalized Veterans in their units. Additionally, the week provides the chance for the local community to become familiar with volunteer opportunities at the medical center. Community members are invited to learn about volunteering at the medical center. Staff from the Voluntary Service Office will be available Tuesday, Feb. 14, through Friday, Feb. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the front lobby to answer questions.

The week highlights the major role the medical center has in the health of its Veterans. “Salute Week gives everyone here at the medical center and in the community a chance to say thank you to our Veterans,” said Timothy J. Cooke, medical center director. “As a country, we want to make sure our Veterans know we appreciate their service and sacrifices.”

The annual Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Salute program began in 1978. The VA Voluntary Service staff plan and execute local events and activities at VA medical facilities across the nation. The National Salute is observed annually during the week of Valentine's Day, a day of caring and sharing which underscore the Salute's expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans. 

While National Salute kicks off in mid-February, Americans have the chance to show their appreciation to Veterans by volunteering their time or donating to VA medical facilities throughout the year. No medical experience is necessary and volunteers are encouraged to share ideas on how they would like to give back using their unique skills.