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VA Black Hills Health Care System

 

National Salute to Veterans

Congressional Aides in Hot Springs Dining Hall lunch line

Congressional Aides join lunchtime with Veterans at Hot Springs during the 2011 National Veteran Salute

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to participate in a number of activities Feb. 12-18 during the annual National Salute to Veterans week.

 "The National Salute to Veterans gives everyone a chance to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten," said VA Black Hills’ Director, Steve DiStasio.  "We've invited local community organizations, school groups, Veteran service organizations, elected officials, and others to visit during the week.  We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer to our patients.”

Mr. DiStasio said he hopes visitors to the medical centers will also learn more about the important roles volunteers play throughout the year and perhaps pursue volunteer opportunities.

 "Our medical center volunteers are an important part of our health care team and the National Salute program is a great way for people to learn more about helping the Veterans we serve," DiStasio said.  “Visitors are often surprised at how varied our volunteer opportunities are.”

Citizens, young and old, are once again sending Valentine’s Day cards and letters to VA medical centers simply addressed “Dear Veteran.” DiStasio said they are being distributed to patients throughout the Hot Springs and Fort Meade medical centers.

Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the medical center program should call the Voluntary Service office at Hot Springs, 605-745-2865; or Fort Meade, 605-347-7206.

VA Black Hills Health Care System’s National Salute Week schedule

You can download a printable pdf file of the schedule 

Friday, February 10

2:00 PM   
Ft Meade
Patient visitation by Miss South Dakota U.S.A.

Sunday, February 12

1:30 PM
Sturgis
Four Chaplains Service at Grace Lutheran Church

TBD
Hot Springs
Trip to Chadron for a movie

Monday, February 13

Ft. Meade and Hot Springs
Distribution of Valentines received from school children across SD

Tuesday, February 14

10:00 AM
Hot Springs
Congressional Aides visit and lunch with Veterans

11:00 AM
Hot Springs
Special dinner served by Nutrition and Food Services for patients

2:00 PM
Ft. Meade
RSVP Choir

3:00 PM
Hot Springs
Patient visitation and gift distribution by Quad members and VAVS Committee.

7:00 PM
Hot Springs
Game Night with special refreshments

Wednesday, February 15

10:00 AM
Ft. Meade 
Congressional Aides visit and lunch with Veterans

11:30 AM
Ft. Meade
Pizza Party for CLC

TBD
Hot Springs
Dine out at Golden Corral in Rapid City 

Thursday, February 16

1:30 PM
Patient visitation and gift distribution by Quad members and VAVS Committee  

Friday, February 17

2:00 PM
Ft. Meade
Valentine/SAlute Social in CLC

6:00
Hot Springs  
Residents attend RUSH hockey game

Saturday, February 18

2:00 PM
Ft. Meade
Cherry Pie and Ice Cream Social in CLC 

2:00 PM
Hot Springs
Carnival sponsored by VAVS Committee

Tuesday, February 21 

11:00 am 
Hot Springs
Miss South Dakota patient visitation


 

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