National-Salute_Logo-COLORThe 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.

During the National Salute, the VA invites individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities, and sports stars to participate in a variety of activities at the VA medical centers. The activities and events include special ward visits and valentine distributions; photo opportunities; school essay contests; special recreation activities and Veteran recognition programs. Plan a visit with local Veterans at the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue (135), Albany, NY 12208-3410 from February 8th thru the 14th.

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.

Last year the Stratton VA Medical Center hospital was filled the entire week with military personnel visiting in their uniforms and members of the public. Nothing lifts the spirits of our Veterans more than having members of the Armed Forces and others visit and spend time with them.

For more information please contact James J. Keller Jr., Voluntary Services Officer, Stratton VA Medical Center at 518-626-5506 or by E-mail.