VA North Texas Health Care System
VA North Texas Health Care System Celebrates Its Volunteers
April 14, 2014
VA North Texas Health Care System is celebrating its volunteers April 14-18 to thank approximately 1,500 volunteers who give back and share their time with Veterans at its facilities in Dallas, Fort Worth and Bonham. Dallas VA Medical Center will honor its volunteers on April 17 with a disco celebration at The Southern Cross.
Volunteers perform duties such as distributing comfort items, assisting VA staff with clerical duties, assisting nursing staff through the concierge program, providing shuttle bus service, delivering coffee to all outpatients; providing patient escort services from the entrance to their assigned appointments and assisting Recreation Therapy Service with leisure activities such as indoor/outdoor games, music therapy and cookouts – just to name a few.
"VA North Texas considers volunteers part of our health care team," said Jeff Milligan, director. Volunteers serve in critical areas of the hospital to bring comfort and be a friend. They pour a great cup of coffee, offer a listening ear, and touch the lives of Veterans every day in ways that cannot be measured. "Many of our volunteers are Veterans themselves," Milligan said.
Volunteer Week also presents an opportunity for other citizens to join the ranks of appreciative citizens that serve Veterans. With President Obama's memorandum to expand national service, VA is inviting everyone in the community to explore how they can use their skills and unique assets to thank Veterans with service of their own.
Each facility will also name its own volunteer of the year and recognize volunteer hours of service. Voluntary Service Chief Bobbie Scoggins said, "We can never have too many volunteers. There is always room for more who have a heart for Veterans."
Interested to become a volunteer at Dallas VA? Contact Voluntary Specialist Daniel Thouvenot at 214-857-0428 or visit www.volunteer.va.gov.
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