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VA medical centers observe MLK Day – a day of service
Jeannette and Edward Feldman

VA medical centers across America will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, with special ceremonies and activities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make our communities more equitable and take action to create the beloved community of Dr. King’s dream.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 01/17/2022]

Student volunteer awarded Knights of Columbus Volunteer of the Year
Jeannette and Edward Feldman

Caitlin Golson has given nearly 1,000 hours in volunteer time to VA and charities. She is her local Knights of Columbus Volunteer of the Year. Golson is a volunteer with Columbia VA’s Summer Student Volunteer Program.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/21/2021]

#VADidThat: A lifetime of service to Veterans
Jeannette and Edward Feldman

VA has a rich history of volunteerism. Jeannette and her late husband, Edward Feldman, were among the longest-serving VA volunteers. Together, the Feldmans served a combined 60 years.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 12/21/2021]

Celebrate National Patient Ambassador Day Nov. 29
Veteran Albert Summons gets help from Central Arkansas VA Red Coat Ambassador Kim Womack, a surgical nurse. (photo by Jeff Bowen)

VA celebrates National Patient Ambassador Day Nov. 29, to recognize Red Coat Patient Ambassadors across the country. VA Red Coat Ambassadors recognize the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes and their families and often go the extra mile to make an excellent impression when Veterans visit a VA facility.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 11/28/2021]

Columbia VA summer student volunteers receive Tammy M. Finney Youth Scholarship
Two students who received Psi Zeta Phi Military Sorority’s Tammy M. Finney Youth Scholarship and VA staff member

The Psi Zeta Phi Military Sorority has awarded two former volunteers of the Columbia VA Summer Student Program with the Tammy M. Finney Youth Scholarship: $1,500 to each. The recipients are Serena Parmar, freshman at the University of South Carolina who plans on majoring in neuroscience, and Ethan Hall, a freshman enrolled at Presbyterian College who plans on majoring in biology.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 11/21/2021]

Red Coat Ambassadors exemplify excellence in Veteran care
Army Veteran and Red Coat Ambassador Joe Buais helps a Veteran check in for an appointment

Military Veterans have a variety of different characteristics. Some were enlisted, some officers, some are a little younger, some a little older, some saw combat, some did not. The list goes on but one thing all Veterans have in common is their commitment to protect our nation.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 10/08/2021]

Volunteers clean national cemeteries for National Day of Service Sept. 10
A volunteer cleans a headstone at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia Sept. 10, 2021.

Volunteers from across the U.S. gathered in 65 VA national cemeteries for a National Day of Service Sept. 10. The cleaning efforts included thousands of volunteers cleaning tens of thousands of graves, including 47 killed Sept. 11, 2001.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 09/10/2021]

VA nurse executive volunteers over 300 hours to administer vaccines
Standing Ready - Innovating Volunteers

“There’s a reward to serving,” explained La Tara Miller, clinical program manager in VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector. “During the pandemic, I just looked for a way to do what I know best, take care of people.” Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/19/2021]

Standing Ready #5: Innovating volunteers
Standing Ready - Innovating Volunteers

Welcome to Standing Ready episode 5, “Innovating Volunteers.” This episode looks at how volunteers have built communities of care and support throughout history and continue to meet the needs of Veterans today. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 06/02/2021]

Pre-med student: Volunteer with over 1,000 hours
Youth volunteer Anit Tyagi

Hard work has earned 20-year old Youth Volunteer Anit Tyagi a $7,500 scholarship for his ongoing dedication to serving Veterans with the emergency medical team at VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/16/2021]

Want to join VA’s Digital Media Engagement Virtual Volunteer program?
Student volunteer Jordan

VA’s Office of Public Affairs’ Digital Media Engagement (DME) team is expanding its Virtual Volunteer program to invite new volunteers to help create content that honors Veterans and helps them learn more about their benefits. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/13/2021]

Gulf Coast VA welcomes back volunteers
Director Gulf Coast VA Voluntary Service and Volunteer

Despite an ongoing global health crisis which inhibited volunteer efforts at VA facilities, Gulf Coast VA Voluntary Services reports that through April, community volunteer efforts have remained consistent. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 05/02/2021]

VHA observes 75 years, 1 billion hours of volunteerism
VA New Release

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) celebrates its 75-year milestone anniversary during National Volunteer Week, April 18–24. Read more
[This article appeared on the VA News Releases on 04/22/2021]

Nurse returns from retirement to help heal Veterans
Army-Navy Veterans: 'It turns into a friendship'

Thérèse Duggan recently received her official credentials from Human Resources, allowing her to join VA’s volunteer force as a physician ambassador. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 03/16/2021]

Veterans volunteer to help seniors stay in their homes
Army-Navy Veterans: 'It turns into a friendship'

Ron Burge, a retired Army Veteran, says that a motto that held true during his years of military service applies to his volunteer work with senior Veterans in the Colorado Springs area. Read more
[This article appeared on the VAntage Point blog on 02/06/2021]