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JCMVAMC Honors Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Annette Freeland volunteers five days a week at the Main Lobby Information Desk.

Annette Freeland volunteers five days a week at the Main Lobby Information Desk.

By Nathan Schaeffer
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Upon arriving at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC), Veterans and visitors are typically greeted with a warm smile from volunteer Annette Freeland, who volunteers five days a week at the Main Lobby Information Desk.

Freeland helps Veterans and family members with their questions and assists them in finding the location for their appointments.

“I’m here to help in any way that I possibly can,” said Freeland.  “I love being here.  This is a very special place to me.  My husband (a World War II Veteran) was here for several, several years and passed away here.  I believe they help people in every way they possibly can.”

Freeland is one of 344 volunteers at JCMVAMC and the Hartshorne, Tulsa and Vinita VA Outpatient Clinics who selflessly donate their time to serve Veterans.  In 2010, JCMVAMC volunteers donated 64,530 hours.

During National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, the medical center gave a special thanks to all 344 volunteers to let them know how valuable and appreciated they are.

Voluntary Service visited with volunteers throughout the week and presented them with thank you gifts as a small token of JCMVAMC’s gratitude.  The medical center also held a talent show, called VA’s Got Talent, where volunteers and staff members showed off their unique talents.

“I want to thank the volunteers from the bottom of my heart for all the unselfish dedication that they give throughout the year,” said Greg Sorenson, Chief of Voluntary Service.  “Their volunteer work has not gone unnoticed and we want to let them know that we appreciate them very much.”

Voluntary Service will also hold its annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon on May 11 at the VFW Hall in Muskogee.  The luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. and have a “Mardis Gras” theme.

If you’re interested in volunteering at JCMVAMC, please call Greg Sorenson at 918-577-3621 or Reggie Hardy at 918-577-3358.

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