VA Hospital Needing Volunteers to Keep Programs Running Throughout The Year

VA Hospital Needing Volunteers to Keep Programs Running Throughout The Year

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Veteran's Affairs Hospitals across the nation hold special activities for those patients who served this country. The need for volunteers is so important for special events to continue like "National Salute a Veteran Patient."

The VA Hospital picks the second week in February to allow the community to bring valentines to those who served. They hope that some will continue to volunteer all year long.

"'National Salute A Veteran' is an initiative to try and generate more volunteer activity and create more interest in the volunteer program," Iva Jo Hanslik, Community Relations Coordinator for West Texas Veterans Health Care System, said.

Schools from all over Big Spring and neighboring communities are scheduled to visit the veterans this week. They will bring valentines, ice cream and some will even put on shows. It's a fun-filled week but the hospital is in need of some help.

"We need drivers, we need reception desk workers. There is a variety of activities, events and responsibilities that volunteers could fill here," Hanslik said.

If you find it hard to donate your time, the VA is always looking for clothes or supplies that will be put to good use.

"We have an excellent donation program here too, if they want to donate something to help our Veterans," Hanslik said.

People are needed every day at the VA Hospital. If you want to be a volunteer, a background check will be done. The time you want to donate is optional and the veterans love visitors.

"Many of our veterans do not have family that live in Big Spring. It's difficult for the families to come every day to see their loved one. We have to depend on our volunteers to pick up that void," Hanslik said.

Activities for 'National Salute a Veteran Patient' continue in Big Spring through February 14.