PRESS-Mrs. Pittsburgh 2011 Visits Veterans - Butler VA Health Care System
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Butler VA Health Care System


PRESS-Mrs. Pittsburgh 2011 Visits Veterans

February 18, 2011

Mrs. Pittsburgh 2011 Visits Veterans

(Butler, PA) –On Thursday February 17, Mrs. Pittsburgh International 2011 Deborah Cottrell visited with Veterans at VA Butler Healthcare. She spent the afternoon greeting Veterans with big hugs and kisses and sharing stories with them about her experience in the United States Marine Corps.

Currently, Mrs. Cottrell is Mrs. Pittsburgh International 2011, and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania in March 2011. Her platform is helping Veterans through the transition from active duty to civilian life, job placement programs, and by fixing the ongoing problem with our homeless Veterans. “I want to volunteer and give back to our Veterans,” Mrs. Cottrell said.

Mrs. Cottrell is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; she served as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor for the M-16 and 9MM weapons. Her military career included stations in Camp Pendleton, CA; Okinawa, Japan; Fort Lee, VA; and Paris Island, SC. After her tour-of-duty, she served with the Pennsylvania National Guard in the Military Police.

Mrs. Cottrell visited Thursday afternoon as part of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week. This week is all about saying thank you to the Veterans who are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. Although this is Mrs. Cottrell’s first time visiting during National Salute week, it most certainly won’t be her last. “I’ll be here next year for the Salute. I’ll visit again before then though. It’s what I’m trying to do—give back.”

For more information about the National Salute Program or volunteering opportunities at VA Butler Healthcare contact Paula McCarl, Voluntary Services Coordinator, at 724-285-2575.