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National Salute to Veteran Patients Program

Hello Everyone,

We are reaching out again this year to all of our local service members to plan a visit with our Veterans from February 8th thru the 14th for our annual “National Salute”.

The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is to:

  • Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans.
  • Increase community awareness of the role of the VA Medical Center.
  • Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.

The week of February 14TH each year is your opportunity to say thank you to a special group of men and women, more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. The 2015 National Salute program is scheduled for the week of February 8th – 14th.

Last year we managed to fill the hospital the entire week with military personal visiting in their uniforms.  Nothing lifts the spirits of our Veterans more than having members of the Armed Forces visit and spend time with them.

Please pass along to all of your military contacts to help get the word out and do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or to schedule a visit.



James J. Keller Jr.
Voluntary Services Officer

Stratton VA Medical Center
113 Holland Avenue (135)
Albany, NY 12208-3410

518-626-5506 (office)
518-626-5511 (fax)


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