National Volunteer Week: Thank You VA Volunteers - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

National Volunteer Week: Thank You VA Volunteers

VA volunteers

(Left to right) Kim Duncan, Patient Transport; Sandi Stafford, Library; Pamela Myers, Popcorn Room; Betty Reitz, Main Information Desk/Patient Transport and Sam Lindeman, Primary Care Administration, are several of the 164 VA volunteers who serve Veterans at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System. Photo by Tiffani Mathews, Public Affairs TCF Intern

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Every day, hundreds of appreciative citizens in our community join thousands of their fellow volunteers across the country in thanking Veterans for their service by volunteering at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa, McAlester VA Outpatient Clinic, McCurtain County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Idabel and Vinita VA Outpatient Clinic.

Our volunteers vary in age, gender, income, education, race or ethnic background, but all of our volunteers share one thing in common – they are driven with a patriotic verve to use their unique talents and skills toward improving Veterans’ lives at our medical facility.  The very root of their selfless service is sincere appreciation.

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System has 164 active volunteers who donated more than 31,800 hours in 2018. These volunteers show up with arms wide open for tasks that range anywhere from driving Veterans to their appointments, providing directions throughout the medical facility, assisting clinicians, or holding a Veteran’s hand at their bedside to keep them from being alone during trying times.

The reasons our volunteers give so selflessly of their time are as varied and diverse as this very special part of VA’s workforce.  Many may enter our doors seeking experience for a resume, something to do after retirement, a way to keep up with fellow Veterans, or simply wanting to say thank you to a defender of their freedom.  However, most stay because giving of their time and service to these former Service-members gives them a purpose, opens a passion, or introduces them to the person they have always wanted to be.

National Volunteer Week is April 15-22.  It is a time to recognize and thank today’s volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions.  It is also a time to call everyone else in our community to serve those who served us first. 

In 2018, 61 local citizens made the decision to become a VA volunteer with our health system, and we are looking for new volunteers to join them! We have as many opportunities to volunteer as there are people willing to give of their time.  In fact, we invite people to tell us how they want to use their unique interests and skills as a volunteer for the betterment of Veterans.  I encourage all of your readers to not only thank a volunteer today, but to listen to their stories, and think about joining the ranks of these remarkable champions of compassion among us.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a VA volunteer, please contact VA Voluntary Service at 918-577 -3621/3622.

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