During this week of Thanksgiving, I want to thank the 85,000 volunteers who serve Veterans and their families each and every day! We had some very special volunteers last Friday night, Mrs. Patty Shinseki (wife of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki) and Mrs. Lynne DeFrancisco. They volunteered at the Ladies Night held at the VA medical center in Washington, D.C. These ladies were true volunteers carrying boxes of donated goods from my car to the medical center to counting the beads for the jewelry to be made by the ladies who attended the event. Thank you ladies! You demonstrated the true spirit of VA volunteers! The event was spectacular! We had the great opportunity to pin a corsage on the female Veteran as she entered through the lobby. Information on women’s health and terrific opportunities (like manicures and hand massages) for female Veterans was shared with all who attended. What a terrific opportunity!
Become a VA volunteer and experience the wonderful opportunities VA has to offer those who have served and see how very thankful the Veterans can be for showing that you care. To volunteers, every day is Veterans Day!
Thank you volunteers for your generosity of time, talents and donations.
Laura Balun was appointed Director, Voluntary Service Office in June 2005. As Director, Ms. Balun manages one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the Federal Government. The VA Voluntary Service program is represented in all of the VA medical centers and involves the participation of approximately 81,000 active volunteers and more than 350 groups and organizations nationwide.