VA Begins “Summer of Service” to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

VA Begins “Summer of Service” to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans

June 18, 2015

Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve Veterans in Nationwide Effort

(Muskogee, Okla.) - A new nationwide initiative - a "Summer of Service" - seeks the help of citizens in eastern Oklahoma to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans here.

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) is renewing its commitment to Veterans by inviting the community to visit and explore opportunities to serve Veterans during the week of June 28.

"We have made progress over the past year addressing the challenges we face in delivering care and benefits to millions of Veterans and their families," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.  "While there is more work to do to honor our commitment to Veterans, we also recognize that VA cannot do it alone. We are asking Americans everywhere to join the Summer of Service and help us give back to those who have given so much to our nation."

In the coming weeks, JCMVAMC will be working closely with Congressional partners, Veterans service organizations, mayors and local communities, private sector and non-profit organizations, and VA employees to identify new and innovative ways to support VA's commitment to care for those who "have borne the battle" and their families. 

As part of VA's Summer of Service, JCMVAMC will also hold an Open House on July 1 to encourage the community to visit and explore VA volunteer opportunities.
 
The Open House will be held outside of the Primary Care entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include music from Tulsa Symphony Orchestra's Heart Strings ensemble and free ice cream.

More than 290 volunteers currently donate their time to serve Veterans at JCMVAMC and our outpatient clinics. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments. No medical experience is necessary.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Voluntary Service Office at 918-577-3358 or 918-577-3622.

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.

Despite a hiring effort that brought more than 11,000 net-new employees onboard over the past year, VA still needs more health care providers, claims specialists, medical support assistants, and cemetery directors to continue to expand needed services. VA's partners can help by getting the word out this summer.

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