Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
Longview Volunteer recognized for service
Longview Volunteer recognized for service to Veterans and the VA
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center recently celebrated the service of Helen Smith. Helen has devoted the past 30 years volunteering to serve Veterans. She began her career in 1988 at the main facility in Shreveport. She later moved her voluntary service to the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Longview, Texas.
Veterans who visited the Longview clinic in recent years may have enjoyed a cup of coffee made by Helen or received her calls reminding them about upcoming medical appointments. Recently, the 91-year-old announced her plans to retire from volunteer service.
During a recent Veteran Town Hall, Helen was honored with an engraved plaque, as nearly 100 Veterans celebrated her commitment to Veterans and her family.
“Two days before my husband passed away, he made me promise him that I would keep working for Veterans, and I can’t disappoint him,” Helen shared with the audience. She went on to say her commitment to Veterans and her country is strong, “You Veterans are why I am living in a free country and have a country to love. You have made me who I am, and I would not have had the opportunity to work for you all these years without your service.”
In October 2017, on her 91st birthday, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) presented Helen with a Congressional Record which noted her dedication to service and providing comfort to our nation’s Veterans.
“Volunteers like Ms. Hellen are rare,” said Zachary Sage, Associate Medical Center Director. “She will be missed by Veterans and our employees. She’s touched a lot of lives. All of us wish her the best of luck and extend our heartfelt thanks to her and her family. Helen is just a wonderful lady.”