Bedford VA volunteers teamed up with 15 volunteer colleagues from Bedford Embraces Diversity on January 20, 2020, to visit and assist Veterans on a Day of Service to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mike Rosenberg, Chair of the Bedford Selectmen and a board member for Bedford Embraces Diversity, organized the outstanding community support. He thanked the Veterans on behalf of the Town and told them how pleased Bedford is to have such heroes in our midst, those at Hanscom and at the VA.
With the help of many caring and generous volunteers and staff, this Day of Service honored our Veterans’ service in a manner Dr. King himself would have truly enjoyed.
The MLK Day program was varied, including an actor channeling Martin Luther King, Jr., and Teresa Harrington, the Bedford VA staffer honored in Washington, DC, on Veterans Day 2019. Click this link to learn more about the program.
National Salute to Veterans ~ Another way to get involved at the Bedford VA
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will mark National Salute to Veteran Patients from February 9 to 15, 2020, by encouraging communities seeking opportunities to volunteer at their local VA facilities.
Bedford VA will observe National Salute on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14. he Heartfelt greetings from schools, community groups, and youth organizations contributed more than 109,000 valentines to VA medical centers across the country.
The festivities in Bedford will begin with a brief ceremony in the VA Theater, then 300 heart-shaped balloons and bags of handmade Valentines will be distributed to the Veterans.
To contribute cards to this event, please deliver them by February 7 to Bedford VA Voluntary Service, (135) Building 61, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
If you would like to volunteer to honor the sacrifice and service of America’s Veterans during the National Salute or at any time of year, please contact Bedford VA Voluntary Service, 781-687-3076 or visit www.Bedford.VA.gov/giving
About VA Volunteers
Additionally, more than 2,900 volunteers and 521 community organizations contributed to events and activities recognizing hospitalized Veterans.
“VA values the contributions of our volunteers, donors and partners in helping us keep the promise to America’s Veterans,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “These community resources confirm to our Veterans that we are a nation that cares and remembers their sacrifices every day.”
Nationwide, over 61,000 volunteers provide more than 9.2 million volunteer hours serving Veterans. Volunteers are a priceless asset to the nation’s Veterans and to the department.