Through unselfish giving of time, energy, love and devotion, thousands of Veterans have been cheered, comforted, loved and thanked for the DEDICATED SERVICE to us when it was needed. All that we are and have today, we owe to the Veterans who answered the call. Now it is our turn to let them know how much we appreciate all they did, never forgetting their sacrifices. These Veterans can be found in the VA hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics and in their homes in every community. More and more their numbers are increasing as they become older and experience more health problems. Some of these men and women have no families or relatives to offer them comfort. VFW Auxiliary members sit with them, read for them, or maybe write a letter for them.
Volunteering is rewarding. If Auxiliaries are unable to volunteer at VA Medical and Non-Medical facilities, nursing homes, etc., there are other means of serving our Veterans in those facilities. There are sewing patterns of items needed, money donations from Auxiliaries for Hospital Projects or therapeutic kits. The Hospital Program promotes volunteerism and recognition for volunteers and also the Veterans Voices Writing Project (VVWP), which is a program that helps our Veterans express themselves and communicate. VVWP has been shown to help manage Veteran's PTSD symptoms and reduce the risk of suicide. Observe and be aware of your Hospitals and Clinics needs. For example: An Auxiliary was notified that a VA Hospital had a problem with their water fountains and the Auxiliary stepped up and provided bottled water to this Hospital. This is only one of many ways Auxiliaries can help! Be creative to help our hospitalized Veterans.
Many Auxiliaries host and/or support activities at VA medical facilities, nursing homes, and local hospitals. In fact, one out of every 10 Auxiliary members volunteers through our Hospital Program. During this time of COVID-19:
Keeping you and our Veterans healthy is our first priority!
Volunteers are essential for nonprofits, especially in our hospitals and medical facilities where there is usually more work to do than staff to do it. Be sure to check with the facility on guidelines for COVID-19 precautions.
Reps please review the document below regarding the Hatch Act.
Volunteers: (Look ahead and recruit volunteers so that when we are able to enter the VA facilities again, the volunteers will be in place to be called upon for orientation.)
When doing research on when we should ask people to volunteer, I found the following:
Our Hospital Volunteer Recruitment Kit can be found on the National Auxiliary Website's Hospital page.
Volunteer Reintegration plans are listed below.
WI Veterans Home, King
N2665 County Road QQ
King, WI 54946
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24625 103rd St.
Salem, WI 53168
512 Golden Grove Dr.
Evansville, WI 53536
5135 N. 62nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
226805 Bob-O-Link Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
506 W. 6th St.
Kaukauna, WI 54130
(920) 766-1491 (H)
(920) 707-3062 (C)
41 W. 4th St.
Buffalo City, WI 54622
506 E. 2nd St.
Owen, WI 54460
3191 East Ave. South, Apt 7
La Crosse, WI 54601
Veterans & Military Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Help Heal Veterans (Therapeutic Craft Kits)
VA Office of Research & Development
National Volunteer and Community Recruitment:
National Salute to Veteran Patients Week - February 14, 2022
Women's Healthcare Needs:
72 Hour Emergency Care
Donations to Hospital Projects: