Butler VA Health Care System
VA Butler Healthcare Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018
November 1, 2018
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November 1, 2018
VA Butler Healthcare Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with Events Honoring Veterans and their Families
Butler, PA – 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
To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, VA Butler Healthcare will partner with the local Butler community to host and participate in the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:
- Butler County Veterans Stand Down Event
- Healthy Living Recognition Event
- Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
- Butler County Veterans Day Parade
- Complimentary Donuts and Coffee for Veterans throughout the month
- CHALENG Forum
- Red, White, & Blue Day
- Veteran Town Hall
- Voluntary Service Distribution ‘Home of the Brave’ T-Shirts to Veterans
- Veterans Day Luncheon and Musical Entertainment for Veteran residents
- Military Family Features
- A local WWII (bomber pilot) Veteran’s 100th Birthday Celebration
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 are dedicated to serving the needs of over 25,000 men and women at VA Butler Healthcare who have served in this Nation's armed forces. Our dedicated staff, many of them Veterans themselves, work every day with compassion and with respect, putting Veterans and their families first,” said Jon Lasell, VA Butler Healthcare Director. “We are honored to serve our nation’s Veterans today, and every day.”
The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.
VA Butler Healthcare, located in Butler County, Pennsylvania has been attending to Veteran’s total care since 1947. We are the health care choice for over 25,000 Veterans throughout Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and are a member of VA Healthcare VISN 4 under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Butler Healthcare provides comprehensive Veteran care including primary, specialty, and mental health care – as well as management of chronic conditions and social support services to our nation’s Veterans. We proudly serve America’s Veterans at our main campus on North Duffy Road, our facilities on New Castle Road, as well as at our five Primary Care VA Outpatient Clinics in Armstrong, Southern Butler County (Cranberry Township), Clarion, Lawrence and Mercer Counties.