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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Muskogee Bowling Alley Donates $5,000 to VA

People pose with a check donation

Pam Marshall (center) presents a check to VA Voluntary Service on Feb. 7 at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. Mike Dickerson (second from left) also donated a bowling ball to the hospital that he won during the “Bowling for Veterans” tournament. Additionally, Bunner Gray, Voluntary Service Specialist, and Shantel McJunkins, Voluntary Service Specialist, display a bowling towel that was sold during the tournament to raise money.

By Nathan Schaeffer, Public Affairs Specialist
Thursday, February 8, 2018

On October 21, 2017, Green Country Lanes Bowling Alley in Muskogee hosted a “Bowling for Veterans” tournament to raise money for Veterans who use the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System.

Pam Marshall, who organized the tournament, visited the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center on Feb. 7 and presented a check for $5,040 to VA Voluntary Services.

This is the third year that Green Country Lanes has held a tournament to benefit Veterans. In their first year, they donated $900 followed by $4,643 last year.

“We are so appreciative of Pam and those who participate in these tournaments,” said Nita McClellan, Chief of Public Affairs and Voluntary Service. “It is a perfect example of how much our community supports the VA and the Veterans we serve.”

Marshall, a volunteer with Green Country Lanes, said her support for VA goes beyond typical patriotic reasons.

“My father-in-law was a prisoner of war in Germany in World War II,” she said. “He never talked about it until I married into his family and I asked a lot of questions. I became more interested in the VA because he got all his services here at the hospital. He received great service.”

Marshall said she has witnessed the impact Voluntary Service and its volunteers make in the daily lives of patients.

“I wanted to do something after coming here with him,” she said. “I saw the things Voluntary Service did for the patients while they were here and the things they did for the hospital. So I wanted to do something to raise funds to benefit them.”

Along with 103 bowlers, local businesses donated money to support the “Bowling for Veterans” tournament. Marshall said she hopes to raise even more money for Veterans next year.

“It’s a community effort,” said Marshall. “I’m starting to get calls from people around the state. It’s growing and we’d like to see it grow even more so we can support the hospital.”

About Donations to VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) has the authority to accept donations and oversees the management of the many gifts and financial contributions (donations) provided by generous and caring donors who support our nation’s Veterans.

As a result of these donations, VHA facilities are able to purchase the urgently needed items that directly support Veteran programs such as: transportation services, social service assistance, recreation programs and activities, temporary lodging for families of Veterans recovering in a health care facility, rehabilitation equipment, homeless Veteran’s services, holiday gifts, phone cards and other assistance as needed. Learn More

Become a VA Volunteer

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the medical center and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and their talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.

To volunteer, contact Voluntary Service at 918-577-3621/3622. We will be happy to discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to our Veterans.

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