V.A. Healthcare System Offering Incentives For New Volunteers

V.A. Healthcare System Offering Incentives For New Volunteers

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING- The West Texas V.A. Health Care System needs your help. The facility is dealing with a shortage of volunteers. Currently, they don't even have people to run the information desk.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs depends greatly on the volunteers that come to our V.A. Medical centers and our outpatient clinics. To give back to those who have given us so much," Community Relations Coordinator for West Texas V.A. Health Systems, Iva Jo Hanslik, said.

The good service that a volunteer gives does not go unrecognized.

"Volunteers that donate four or more hours at our facility, we give them a meal ticket to have lunch in our Veterans Canteen Service," Hanslik said.

An annual recognition banquet is also held for those who donate their time.

"The Director and the leadership team certainly acknowledges their contributions to our Medical Center and our Veterans," Hanslik said.

For Carol Hayward whose dad was a vet, she's been volunteering for about a month.

She says she enjoys what she does when she comes through the doors.

"I really look forward to it everyday. I've made some good friends here," Hayward said.

Clara Lewis has been volunteering for 35 years. She's not going to stop anytime soon.

"I'm going to do it as long as I can put one foot in front of the other," Lewis said.

Her belief is giving back to those who gave so much to us.

"If you have a love for the Veterans who has protected and put their life for our country, you can't do enough to repay them," Lewis said.

If you would like to donate your time to the V.A., you can go to the hospital in Big Spring to fill out an application or you can call the Volunteer Office at 432-264-4824.