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Volunteers - "Serving On The Home Front"

April 22, 2003

Volunteers - "Serving On The Home Front"

Released: 2003/04/22

HOUSTON, TX - Volunteers are serving on America's home front at the Houston VA Medical Center (HVAMC). Their warm smiles and comforting touch help heal the bodies and souls of America's military veterans.

The HVAMC will honor volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 27 to May 3, 2003.

"America's veterans gave their best to our country. They established a tradition of honor and valor that is being upheld by today's generation of soldiers," said Houston VA Medical Center Director Edgar L. Tucker. "We are grateful for all the community volunteers who serve the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom."

Volunteers perform a range of important duties. Some spend a few hours a week playing cards and visiting with hospitalized veterans. Others perform clerical tasks or assist with specialized medical functions, depending on their interests and availability. Last year, 833 volunteers accounted for 125,337 hours of service at the HVAMC.

Many volunteers are veterans themselves. They served their country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Now they are serving again, reaching out to fellow veterans in need. Anthony Richardson, medically retired from the army, has been a volunteer at the medical center since 1998. During this time, he has worked more than 3,800 hours serving hospitalized veterans.

Community volunteers have answered America's call to service. They are serving on the home front, helping to build a stronger America. The HVAMC salutes their service.

For rewarding volunteer opportunities, visit the VA Voluntary Service Web site at www.va.gov/volunteer/ or call the HVAMC Voluntary Service at (713) 794-7347.

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