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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Medical Center Invites Community to 'Salute Hospitalized Veterans'

February 5, 2007

HOUSTON, TX – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center invites the public to participate in open-house activities February 11-17 during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.

"The National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans gives everyone a chance to let those who have given the nation so much know that they are not forgotten," said VA Medical Center Director Edgar L. Tucker.  "We've invited local celebrities, elected officials, school children and other groups to visit during the week.  We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer to our patients.

Tucker said he hopes visitors will also learn more about the important roles volunteers play at the medical center throughout the year and perhaps pursue volunteer opportunities.

"Our medical center’s 842 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 here at the medical center,"  Tucker said.  “Visitors are 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” for distribution to patients throughout the medical center.

Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the medical center program should call the Voluntary Service office, (713) 794-7135.