National Salute to Veteran Patients - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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National Salute to Veteran Patients

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) salutes our Veteran patients! Each year, for a week in February, Department of Veterans Affairs VA Medical Centers across the country celebrate the National Salute to Veteran Patients with a variety of activities and events.  Local officials and community groups are invited to VA facilities to celebrate this important week, dedicated to appreciating Veteran Patients.   This year, Congressman Al Green (D-TX), will help the MEDVAMC kick off the week’s activities by visiting the Medical Center and passing out flags flown over the capitol at his request to Houston VA Veterans.

“National Salute Week is very important to our Veteran patients and our volunteers,” said Barbra Bell, MEDVAMC Voluntary Service Program Manager.  “It’s a great opportunity for community groups, church groups and all Americans to visit our VA Medical Center and show our Veterans that we appreciate them.  We are thrilled that Congressman Al Green will be visiting MEDVAMC to help us kick off the week and we appreciate his ongoing support to the men and women who have served our country.”

As one of the largest VA Medical Centers in the country, serving more than 100,000 Veterans, the MEDVAMC relies on more than 900 community and student volunteers to assist and support Veterans.  

“National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is a prime opportunity to show our Veterans how much we appreciate them,” said Congressman Green.  “Every year, when I visit the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to honor our Veterans, I am humbled to look these men and women in their eyes and say ‘thank you’ as I hand them a flag flown over the Capitol along with a copy of the Constitution.  We must all show our appreciation for these brave individuals who have made it possible for us to have liberty and security in the greatest country in the world.  This is the least a grateful nation can do.”

For more information about National Salute activities at the Houston VA Medical Center or to find out more about volunteering, contact the Voluntary Service Office at 713-794-7135.

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