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National Salute to Veteran Patients Week 2023

Valentine’s Day is a great time to Remember and Honor America’s Veterans during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which this year is February 12-18.


According to statistics provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, just under 100,000 veterans visit the medical centers every single day. And each year, more than nine million veterans also receive medical treatment. These centers are run by the Veterans Health Administration (V.H.A), the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States. There are over 1,200 facilities run by the V.H.A, 171 of which are V.A. medical centers. In addition to this, there are also 1,112 outpatient centers as well. These statistics underscore the need for more helping hands in the program.


During the week, various activities to create awareness occur at various centers, such as recreational activities, Valentine’s gifting, and school visits.  To find a VA Medical Center near you, click here.




Become a volunteer
Apart from honoring veterans, one of the most important reasons for this holiday is to encourage people to volunteer. Contact your nearest V.A medical center and volunteer both your time and resources.


Visit a V.A medical center
One visit and a cheerful conversation might go a long way in brightening a patient’s day. Visit a V.A medical center with a bouquet of flowers, a lovely book, or just your awesome presence.


Share your knowledge
More people need to learn about National Salute to Veteran Patients. Share this post with your social media contacts, using the hashtag #salutetoveteranpatients.