It is hard to imagine how quickly another year is upon us. It is a great time to look at what we are doing for hospitalized Veterans and make a personal commitment to “Be United in Service of Our Veterans” as our Department President Carmelita has asked us.
We continue to make sure that any comfort item a Veteran needs or wants is available for them. We need to encourage our members to visit Veterans Hospitals, Veterans Nursing Homes and help at clinics throughout the State as visiting with our Veterans is so important. We continue to help with Bingo games and other events they may have.
I am constantly looking for new ways to help and if you have any ideas or things you would like to see, please let me know. We will be helping with the Carnival at the Hospital in August and looking to see what is needed for the new Community Living Center and the Women’s Clinic.
As VAVS Representative, I continue to attend the VAVS meetings and am ready to sponsor and help in any way we can. I encourage you to become a regular volunteer at the Veterans Hospital. We continue to help with Bingo games and other events they may have.
I wanted you to see one of the thank you letters we received from the VAMC:
To: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Aux Department of Idaho:
On behalf of the Boise VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of reading glasses and flip flops for both the Community Living Center and the RSAT residents. Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country. Without your support, we could not provide for the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. Thank you for your continued support.
Sharon N. Clark
Chief, Voluntary Service
As our National President Francisca Guilford’s theme states, “Our Veterans Now and Forever”.
Volunteering at the Veterans Hospital, Homes and clinics is very worthwhile.
Department of Idaho/VAVS Rep