National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014 - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014

April 7, 2014

National Volunteer Week: A Call of Appreciation and to Service


Every day, hundreds of appreciative citizens in our community join the thousands of their fellow volunteers across the country in thanking Veterans for their service by volunteering at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. 

Our volunteers vary in age, gender, income, education, race or ethnic background, but all of our volunteers share one thing in common – they are driven with a patriotic verve to use their unique talents and skills toward improving Veterans’ lives at our medical center. The very root of their selfless service is sincere appreciation.

 Dr. Ali, Interim Medical Center Director 


Here at the Wilkes-Barre VA, more than 400 of volunteers provide more than 48,000 hours of service to Veterans and donated more than $272,000 to thank the Veterans in our community.

These volunteers show up with arms wide open for tasks that range anywhere from driving Veterans to their appointments,  providing direction throughout the medical center, assisting clinicians, or holding a Veterans hand at the bedside to keep them from being alone during trying times.


The reasons our volunteers give so selflessly of their time are as many as they are. Many may enter our doors seeking experience for a resume, something to do after retirement, a way to keep up with fellow Veterans, or simply wanting to say thank you to a defender of their freedom.

However, most stay because giving their time and service to these former service members gives them a purpose, opens a passion, introduces them to the person they have always wanted to be.

National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, 2014.  It is a time to recognize and thank today’s volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions. It is also a time to call everyone else in our community to serve those who served us first. President Obama issued a memorandum to all Federal agencies to increase opportunities for national service.

 At VA we have as many opportunities to volunteer as there are people willing to give of their time. In fact, we invite people to tell us how they want to use their unique interests and skills as a volunteer for the betterment of Veterans. I encourage all of your readers to not only thank a volunteer today, but to listen to their stories, and think about joining the ranks of these remarkable champions of compassion among us.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining our volunteer team at the Wilkes-Barre VA, call Voluntary Service at (570) 821-7237. We look forward to meeting you!

Mirza Z. Ali, MD

Interim Medical Center Director

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


 Gail K. Benner

Voluntary Service Officer

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

1111 East End Boulevard

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

P: (570) 821-7237

F: (570) 819-5119

BB: (570) 550-4608