Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA Volunteer Says Serving Veterans is a Privilege
VA Volunteer Sandra Stafford is one of more than 400 volunteers who selflessly give their time to serve our nation’s Veterans at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) and its outpatient clinics in Hartshorne, Tulsa and Vinita.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Stafford works in the JCMVAMC library and does a variety of important tasks such as filing, binding materials, laminating, straightening books, cleaning, dusting and taking documents to the Business Office and Director’s Office.
“I’m here to help and keep things neat,” said Stafford, who has volunteered at the medical center for almost three years and has more than 500 volunteer hours.
Stafford, who is married to Vietnam Veteran Danny Stafford, said it is a privilege to serve Veterans at the hospital.
“My heart goes out to our Veterans and that’s why I’m here,” said Stafford, who worked for the Social Security Administration for 22 years as a service representative and a claims representative. “It’s just a privilege to come every day.”
Library Technician Rebecca Hallum said the hospital is fortunate to have Stafford as a volunteer.
“She’s just not helping education and the library when she’s here,” she said. “She’s helping everybody in the facility because what we do affects everybody in the facility.”
However, Hallum said Stafford’s impact goes far beyond what she does for the facility and Veterans. She’s also a positive role model and an inspiration for employees.
“As a woman and as a past federal employee, I think she’s a great influence to me,” said Hallum. “Her attitude and motivation is wonderful. She gives me hope for someday when I can retire and volunteer.”
Stafford says volunteering is a very rewarding experience and encourages others to donate their time if they can.
“We need to volunteer,” she said. “We need to give back all our lives.”
If you’re interested in becoming a VA volunteer and serving our Veterans, please call Voluntary Services at 918-577-3621 or 918-577-3358.