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Volunteer or Donate

We depend on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes.

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Center and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.

To volunteer, call or visit our Voluntary Service Office. We will be happy to receive your application or discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's Veterans.

Visits and tours
Please make sure you call 2 weeks in advance to schedule your tour/visit.

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC):

We've discovered a need in our new PRC for items the patients have requested. If you can, or know of someone who can, donate any of the items below, our patients would be very appreciative:

  • DVDs
  • X-Box 360 games
  • PS3 Games
  • Wii games

Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program: 

Our Veterans that are being housed through this program are in need of the following items:

  • Bed (Mattresses, Frame)
  • Linen for Mattresses
  • Shower Curtain
  • Towels
  • Pots, Pans
  • Dresser
  • Sofa (for family)
  • Sitting Chair (single Veteran)
  • End tables

Other donation opportunities:

  • Puzzles, puzzle books
  • Bus tickets for needy/homeless Veterans to come to appointments
  • hygiene products
  • refreshment supplies
  • cable television for spinal cord injury patients
  • recreational activities

Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include —

  • magazines (less than 3 months old)
  • coffee and cookies
  • telephone cards

The following comfort items provide our hospitalized Veterans and homeless Veterans with basic hygiene kits and essentials --

  • shave gel, travel size
  • deodorant, travel size
  • bath gel (NO BAR SOAP) travel size
    (NOTE: Please ensure the items above are ALCOHOL FREE)

Various waiting areas and units have requested the following for patients:

  • 2 newspaper subscriptions for inpatient units
  • Blank journals
  • used music CDs (music from different eras)
  • Self-help books (how to improve sleep, healthy habits, manage depression/anxiety, stress management, meditation)

*VA Canteen Services donates a percentage to Voluntary Services for items that are purchased, by the case, through the Canteen.

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To donate or assist, please contact:
via US Postal Service:
Voluntary Service(135)
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
7400 Merton Minter Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78229
via phone:(210) 617-5107
or via email: StxVolSvc@va.gov