Canandaigua VA filling up with Valentines for annual National Salute to Veteran Patients
CANANDAIGUA — Mya Latini has been busy making Valentines. She isn’t the only one. Her homemade cards — more than a dozen — are among thousands of colorful, creative displays of heartfelt appreciation going this week to area veterans.
Cards are still arriving at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, where Mya, 7, added hers for the 2019 annual National Salute to Veteran Patients.
On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, volunteers will distribute the cards to vets throughout the VA on Fort Hill Avenue. This entire week, volunteers — from school and community groups and businesses along with individuals and others — are participating in the National Salute that reaches both inpatient and outpatient vets.
Observed nationwide the week of Valentine’s Day, the National Salute to Veteran Patients underscores caring and appreciation for veterans of the U.S. armed services.
Nationwide, more than 9 million veterans are cared for in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and VA programs.
The Salute encourages citizens and organizations to help the VA in its care for veterans through volunteering and other philanthropic efforts through VA Voluntary Service. If you would like to learn more about volunteering or would like to donate to VA, visit https://www.canandaigua.va.gov/giving/index.asp or call 585-393-7757.
It’s never too late to mail cards of appreciation to veterans at the VA. Address your card: Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Attention Voluntary Service, 400 Fort Hill Ave., Canandaigua, NY 14424.
If you want a Valentine’s Day card to reach a veteran this Thursday, you can drop off your card at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service, Building 7, Room 19, on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.