Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
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The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) has provided over 58 years of service to America’s veterans seeking care in VA health care facilities. Since 1946, VAVS volunteers have donated 663.5 million hours of service.
VAVS is the largest volunteer program in the Federal government. More than 350 national and community organizations support VAVS. The program is supported by a VAVS National Advisory Committee, composed of 63 major veteran, civic and service organizations, which reports to the Under Secretary for Health.
As the VA has expanded its care of veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist veteran patients by augmenting staff in such settings as hospital wards, nursing homes, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, foster care and veterans outreach centers.
Monetary estimates aside, it is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these VAVS volunteers provide to veteran patients. VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation’s veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.