Send a valentine to a veteran during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 11-15

The Boise VA Medical Center invites the public to participate in open-house activities February 11-15 during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week.

The center is inviting residents to send Valentine’s Day cards and letters to VA medical centers simply addressed “Dear Veteran.” The Valentines and letters are then distributed to patients throughout the medical center for their enjoyment.  To send to a Boise VA Medical Center patient mail to 500 West Fort Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.

As part of Salute to Veteran Patients Week, there will be a VIP day on February 14 where local leaders will come and visit with veteran patients face to face.  A few of the 2013 VIP guests participating in National Salute week for the Boise VA Medical Center include: Major General Gary Sayler, Brigadier General John Goodale, Brigadier General Richard Turner, Colonel Timothy Cook, Command Master Sergeant CL Glick, Command Master Sergeant Steven Woodall, Chief of Police, Michael Masterson – Boise, Fire Chief Dennis Doan – Boise, Head Coach Chris “Pete” Peterson – BSU Football, Jeff Bacon, Cartoonist and Founder of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, Whitney Wood, Miss Idaho, Staff of Senator Risch, Staff of Congressman Labrador.

Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the medical center program should call the Boise VA Medical Center Voluntary Service office at 208-422-1176.

“We want to encourage everyone in the community to join us in saying thank you to the many men and women who served our nation in the military, and who are with us in the hospital today.  Some of our hospitalized veterans will stay with us just a short time, while others will live with us for many months and possibly years.  However long they are with us, we want them to know how much their sacrifices mean to those of us they protected.” said David Wood, Director of the Boise VA Medical Center.

In addition to saying thank you, Mr. Wood said he hopes visitors will also gain a better perspective about the importance of volunteers and the significant role they play at the medical center throughout the year. Wood added “National Salute to Veteran Patients week is a great way to expose the community to the fine work volunteers do and hopefully encourage more people to volunteer here at the hospital.”

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