Thank A Veteran Today
We don‚Äôt wait for November 11 to celebrate our Veterans.¬† VA facilities across the nation celebrate Veterans Day every day.¬† When a Veteran walks through the doors of VA Butler Healthcare, staff and volunteers extend a welcome smile, offering hand and a grateful "thank you" on a daily basis.¬†
This past Veteran‚Äôs Day, residents and out-patients at VA Butler received several thousand well-wishes from school children, youth groups, scouts and community friends. Special ceremonies and recreational activities were held on campus sponsored by American Legion Auxiliaries and the West District Elks. A collection of comfort items and a patriotic picture were donated to the Veterans from Hartman Elementary School, Ellwood City School District.
"On behalf of the Veterans at VA Butler, I would like to say thank you for the wonderful cards and letters that brought smiles to the faces of our Veterans," said Patricia Nealon, Director of VA Butler Healthcare. "I would also like to thank the many organizations and volunteers who support activities at our facility.¬† Your generosity and thoughtfulness is inspiring."
Recognized this Veterans Day was the more than 1.4 million Americans on active duty. They serve in harm's way to defend the safety of 380 million Americans and bring freedom to millions more around the world. Through their sacrifice, they‚Äôre making this nation and the world safer and more secure¬†-- they are the few to whom we all owe so much.¬†¬†
It is what drives Present Obama's-- and VA Secretary Shinseki's-- commitment to transform the VA into a 21st century enterprice: a mission-drive, state-of-the-art organization honoring America's Veterans by assuring them timely access to benefits and quality care from the day they first take their oaths of allegience until the day they are laid to rest.
Over the past year, the following is how the VA and the American people have honored Veterans:
- A new¬†Post 9/11 GI Bill education program that issued over $3.9 billion in tuition, housing, and stipends for 292,000 student Veterans and eligible family members attending colleges and universities
- New mobile clinics, home-based primary care, telehealth technology, and¬†mental health services that have expanded health care for more than 3 million Veterans in rural areas
- Veterans National Suicide Prevention Hotline that has received more than 245,000 calls and accounted for more than 10,000 saves
- An intense campaign to end Veteran homelessness in five years that has secured broad support at federal, state and local levels¬†
- A priority plan to provide comprehensive primary care for¬†women Veterans at every VA facility
- Memorializing over 105,000 Veterans interred in¬†National Cemeteries¬†
From the greatest generation to the latest generation, support our Veterans and thank them today, tomorrow and every day for their service.¬† To find out more about how you can support and thank a Veteran contact VA Butler‚Äôs Voluntary Services Department at 724-477-5044.¬†¬†¬†