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Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation

The mission of the Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Program is to enhance the lives of veterans, military and their families.

 

Department President Sharon Anderson’s theme this year is “Hearts on Fire for Veterans” and what better way to describe our Auxiliary.  The Department of Iowa ALA definitely shows a commitment to volunteering, whether in a VA Medical Center or in the community to help our veterans, military and their families.  Give of yourself and volunteer it will not only make a difference in the veteran’s life but in yours as well.

 

  1. Volunteer to serve veterans and their families at VA health care facilities through the Veteran Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)

 

  1. Assist veterans in accessing VA benefits including, but not limited to, health care.

 

  1. Assist in activities that help homeless veterans.

 

 

 

 

  1. Support rehabilitation and healing of veterans through arts, crafts and hobbies.

 

  1. Help promote job fairs for veterans and their families.

 

  1. Assist and support caregivers of Veterans.

 

Monetary Donations:  Monetary donations should always be sent to Department Office and earmark it for facility of your choice.  Then send a letter to that facility to tell them of your donation and what you want it used for.  Facilities are listed in the Blue Book and Needs lists are on the Department website.

 

Department and National Awards:

 

  1. National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Award for donations made through the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation:  3 levels – Bronze, Silver & Gold – for donations received     August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.

 

  1. Veteran Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Award: awarded to the nominee who has given extraordinary service to our nation’s veterans through the ALA VA&R program and the VAVS program.  Nominee must serve in an established VA assignment and be defined as a regularly scheduled volunteer.  Should be active in any one of the following areas:  outpatient clinics, nursing homes, homeless veteran programs, hosted veteran-related functions outside the VA, or visited veterans confined to their homes.

 

  1. 10,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached 10,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017).

 

  1. 20,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached more than 20,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017).

 

  1. VA&R narratives on how you have served our veterans and our Military in our VA Medical Centers or CBOC’s or any other VA sponsored program.  These narratives are due by       April 30, 2017.

 

Please send all narratives to the above listed chairman by April 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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