2015-2016 National Hospital Ambassador
Hospital: Brighten Veterans’ Days this November
We are all thankful for veterans and active-duty military and strive to let them know that every day. In November, there are two days that it’s especially important to let them know how much we appreciate them and that we’re here to help them however we can: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.
On Veterans Day, we honor ALL veterans for their service. As many people prepare to attend ceremonies, parades and other events recognizing those who have served, there are those who have served this great nation who can’t participate in these events that are living at a Veterans Home, nursing home or receiving treatment at the VA or other medical facility.
They, too, have given so much for our freedom. It’s not too much to ask that we give them a little of our time to say “thank you.” Make time to visit them and offer a friendly chat, an American flag, a card, a puzzle book, a DVD, etc. It doesn’t have to be a big party or an expensive gift; knowing you’re thinking of them and taking the time to do something for them will make a difference in their day.
There will be veterans and members of the general public attending Veterans Day events that have mobility issues. You may be needed to help push a wheelchair, offer your arm or hand to make a walk steady, or drive those mobile enough to be transported to an event. If you see someone who needs assistance, help them! Your kindness will be remembered and appreciated.
How many people are you planning to spend Thanksgiving Day with? 10? 20? 30? More? many of us will be sharing the day with the bustle of family and friends gathered around the table enjoying turkey and all the trimmings – and pie! There will be pie!
Imagine for a minute what it would be like to spend that day alone in a hospital room.
There’s parades and football games to watch, but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone (other than a nurse or doctor) stop by and say “hello?” You don’t have to stay all day. Even a brief 15-minute visit means a great deal to those unable to leave the VA, a Veterans Home, nursing home or other medical facility on holidays.
If you just don’t have time to visit a hospitalized veteran on Thanksgiving, you could go a few days before. Take a card or a small gift – something they will have to remind them that someone did care enough to remember them.
A BIG THANK YOU to all of the amazing hospital volunteers for all you do year-round to brighten veterans’ days and a very special THANK YOU to all veterans – you are not forgotten.