South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
South Texas Celebrates 2016 National Salute To Veterans
February 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH TEXAS CELEBRATES 2016 NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERANS
WHEN: February 19, 2016, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Guests will be visiting with Veterans throughout the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital.
WHO: Youth groups (schools, Scouts and others), faith-based organizations, celebrities, elected officials, members of the general public, and Veteran Service Organizations will visit patients.
WHY: To honor Veterans; to increase community awareness of VA's role in providing comprehensive medical care to our Nation's Veterans; and to encourage American citizens and community organizations to become more engaged in volunteerism and philanthropic efforts through VAVS.
BACKGROUND: The annual VA National Salute program began in 1978 when VA took over sponsorship of a program started in 1974 by the humanitarian organization, No Greater Love, Inc. VA Voluntary Service staff plan and execute local events and activities at VA medical facilities. The National Salute is observed annually during the week of Valentine's Day, a day of caring and sharing which underscores the Salute's expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans. (See attachment for photos from previous events.)
SPECIAL SUPPORT: For the 29th consecutive year, the nationally syndicated column started by Ann Landers, now called “Ask Annie,” has devoted a column to the National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine cards and letters to hospitalized Veterans at VA medical facilities. More than a million cards and letters are sent to VA patients each year during National Salute. Singer, Actress and Businesswoman Connie Stevens will serve as Chairperson of the 2016 National Salute to Veteran Patients.
Media interested in attending, please contact Nenette Madla, PAO, at (210) 617-5300 extension x5253.