The Veteran's Volunteer Initiative - Alternatives to Volunteering at the VA

Some of our members have contacted me because they are interested in the Veteran's Volunteer Initiative, but have no VA facility in their area. In response to this, I will be posting alternative recommendations here for those who would like to volunteer, but cannot do so with the VA due to distance, or other personal concerns (disability, childcare needs, etc.) When I was the Senior National Guard Advisor at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, I was also the National Guard Patient Liaison Officer. As such, I was there to see to it that National Guard Casualties received the same quality of care as their regular army counterparts. Often, soldiers would arrived at the hospital with only what they had been dragged off the battlefield in: bloody dirty, bullet riddled, bomb blasted rags. Soldier's Angels had local representatives who provided me with small backpacks containing things like pajamas, underwear, hygiene supplies, snacks, reading material, stationary, telephone calling cards and other items which made my patients more comfortable, and left them feeling that they were appreciated. This organization NEVER let me, or my wounded warriors down. The range of support they provide is monumental. Rather than try to describe it all to you in an email, I will just provide you with their contact info and let you see for yourself. Many of their volunteers work directly from home, so I am sure you will be able to find a way to help that suits you. Website: www.soldiersangels.org Soldier's Angels 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 310 San Antonio, TX 78217 210-629-0020 Should you decide to assist this organization in any way, please be so kind as to let me know that you have, and in what capacity. Your feedback with regard to the volunteer experiences you have will certainly help in our effort to encourage others. Doug Harvey, LTC, MS, AKARNG (RET) MWP Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs


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