Butler VA Health Care System
Baby Shower for local Women Veterans
May 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2018
VA Butler Healthcare to host ‘Baby Shower’ for local Women Veterans
Butler, PA – To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2018, 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMC) around the country will host baby showers during the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. VA Butler Healthcare’s Baby Shower is planned for May 24, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Health Care Center Auditorium.
“Our hope is to celebrate Veteran parents while also increasing awareness of VA’s maternity care services,” said Alan Petrazzi, VA Butler’s Interim Director. “VA Butler’s baby shower will include dinner, shower games, information about VA services, and of course, gifts for new and expecting parents.”
Women make up approximately 10 percent of the Veteran population in the United States, and nearly half of the nation’s 2 million women Veterans are of reproductive age. VA offers comprehensive primary care, prenatal and preconception (pre-pregnancy) care, infertility services, maternity care services and the first seven days of newborn care.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for military caregivers, is expanding its existing relationship with VA by aiding in welcoming the newest caregivers to the Veteran community through local support and volunteer efforts at each baby shower location. Philips, the Veteran Canteen Service and other partners are also supporting this initiative, which will provide new Veteran parents with items to help new parents and babies.
Over 2,400 new Veteran parents and new Veteran parents-to-be will be recognized at the events nationwide. For more information about VA’s benefits and services for women Veterans, as well as the Nationwide Baby Shower, visit www.va.gov/womenvet. For more information about VA Butler’s local event, or if interested in contributing items for new Veteran parents and parents-to-be, please contact Paula McCarl at 878-271-6957 or Nicole Thompson at 878-271-6989.