The National Salute schedule includes a variety of activities for Veterans such as a Valentine’s Day Dance, Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson visiting Veterans on Feb. 15, the Cranberry Royalty serving Valentine’s Day cake, and visiting ambassadors from the Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce.The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a week of special activities to honor its Veterans from Feb. 12-18, during the 2012 National Salute to Veteran Patients here.
The National Salute to Veteran Patients is a national program that encourages all Americans to visit and volunteer at VA medical centers and to send letters of thanks or Valentines to those who have protected our nation.
"The National Salute to Veterans Patients gives people a chance to remind our nation’s heroes of our appreciation for their service," said Tomah VA Acting Director David J. Houlihan. "We've invited the local communities to share in the celebration during this week."
Houlihan said he also hopes visitors will take the opportunity to learn about the roles volunteers play at the medical center during the year and discover some of the ways to make a difference for Veterans.
"Our volunteers are an important part of our team and this is a great way for people to see them in action and learn more about helping out Veterans," said Houlihan.
Veteran art from the Creative Arts Festival will also be on display during the National Salute. Entries include sculptures, paintings, wood work, ceramics, and needle work. All the art was made by Veterans receiving care at the Tomah VA, either as inpatients or outpatients. The art is on display on Feb. 14 – 16, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The display will be in building 407, room 1722. And on Feb. 16, Veterans in the performing arts categories will present their music, dance, drama, and creative writing entries. The competition begins at 9 a.m. in the VA chapel.