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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Local Citizens Learn About Volunteer Opportunities

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Tulsa Symphony Orchestra bassoonists perform music for Veterans and the public during the "Summer of Service" Open House on July 1.

By Nathan Schaeffer
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Later this month, Patricia Mueggenborg is set to retire after an 11-year career in the Army and a 25-year career with VA at the Muskogee VA Regional Office.

During retirement, she hopes to do some traveling with her husband and also volunteer several days a week at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC).

“Being a Veteran, I just want to serve the Veterans,” said Mueggenborg, who currently works as a Veterans Claims Examiner. “I care about them and I want to take care of them more.”

On July 1, Mueggenborg was one of more than 100 people who attended a “Summer of Service” Open House at the hospital, which is part of a new nationwide initiative by VA to increase volunteerism in VA facilities.

During the two-hour event, those in attendance were treated to free ice cream and music from the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s Heart Strings ensemble. More importantly, Veterans and local citizens got the chance to learn more about VA benefits and services and volunteer opportunities at JCMVAMC.

“That’s why I’m here today,” said Mueggenborg, who took time off work to attend the Open House. “I want to find out more. I believe in helping the Veterans. Whatever they need me for, I’ll help them out.”

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Patricia Mueggenborg stops by a Tulsa Vet Center table during the "Summer of Service" Open House on July 1 at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.

Kent Holt, who lives in Muskogee and is a retired pastor, said he read about the “Summer of Service” Open House in the local newspaper and decided to not only attend the event, but also apply to become a volunteer.

"I’m open, ready and willing,” said Holt. “I just want to make myself useful and hopefully be an encouragement to other people.”

Currently, more than 290 local citizens volunteer at JCMVAMC and our outpatient clinics in Hartshorne, Tulsa and Vinita.

“Our VA volunteers are extremely important here,” said Dax Allcorn, Acting Chief of Voluntary Service. “They offer a lot of help in areas where we need it and they provide a great service to our Veterans. They’re willing to give their time to help out Veterans and we can’t thank them enough.”

Allcorn said the most needed openings for volunteers are in Patient Transport, at Information Desks and various openings in the afternoon.

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Dax Allcorn (left), Acting Chief of Voluntary Service, talks to Kent Holt about VA volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Voluntary Service Office at 918-577-3358 or 918-577-3622. A volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments. No medical experience is necessary.

While the central focus of VA’s Summer of Service campaign is to increase volunteerism and partnerships, it will also provide individuals and communities an opportunity to support other important priorities.

Visit http://www.va.gov/vasummerofservice/ to learn more.

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