Provide opportunities for Auxiliary members to serve veterans and their families as volunteers at VA health care facilities through the VA Voluntary Service (VAVS).
There isn’t a VA hospital close to your community? Find opportunities for Auxiliary members to provide volunteer hours in service to veterans and their families in local communities and from their homes.
Assist veterans in accessing VA benefits including, but not limited to, health care. This should include coordinating with the local American Legion Post Service Officer.
Assist in activities that help homeless veterans.
Support rehabilitation and healing of veterans through arts, crafts and hobbies.
Help the American Legion, State Department of Veterans Affairs and Chamber of Commerce promote job fairs for veterans and their families.
Assist and support veterans pursuing post-secondary and vocational education. Engage student veteran organizations on college campuses. Additional information can be found in the Education program’s Plan of Action.
Assist and support caregivers of veterans.
VA&R Reporting Due Dates
Mid-Year Reports are due December 15, 2014 Year End Reports are due May 1 2015.
As part of your narrative report, please include answers to the following questions:
How many members earned the new Service to Veterans pin in your department?
How many quilts were made and donated to Quilts of Valor?
How many units participated in caregiver support with the Elizabeth Dole foundation?
Quilts of Valor Foundation. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. http://www.qovf.org/index.html is Quilts of Valor’s website. There you can download patterns and get instructions on the type of quilt they are looking for and where to send them. You may piece the top and then get information on who in your area will do the quilting for you. All the people are volunteers. Your cost is the fabric and your time.
Mid December we will have the Christmas Gift Shop at the Denver VA Hospital. Please join us to give our veterans a gift and your time. Please send your donation by November. Date and time of the Gift Shop will be published on the Auxiliary home page.
Please contact me for information you may need. Working together we can make a difference,