Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation
TILLING ANOTHER 100 YEARS
The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R) program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of U.S. Veterans, the military and their families. The VA&R program continues to address the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan goals through working our mission in the following ways:
- It provides our members opportunities to serve in volunteer leadership roles within their Veterans Administration Medical Centers.
- 2.It broadens our membership pool among a target population.
- It serves to build brand loyalty with the public and with Veterans themselves.
What can we do:
Contact the Legion’s Homeless Veteran Coordinator for the Department of Virginia to determine how you and your Unit can assist with requests for assistance from veterans themselves or from homeless veteran service providers. Ask about any needs specific to women.
Knit or crochet hats, carves and mittens to be distributed to homeless veterans. If you don’t knit or crochet, you can collect and donate new or gently used gloves, mittens, scarves and hats. Consider creating a “Tree of Warmth” in a location frequented by homeless veterans and attaching these items with a message to “Please Take if Needed” or something similar.
Compile “blessings bags” with personal items to be distributed by local police departments or other organizations that encounter homeless veterans.
Contact homeless veteran emergency shelters and transitional and permanent housing services in your area to identify how you can assist through donations such as clothing, hygiene kits, buddy baskets, household items, or volunteering time for meal preparation and serving, or distribution of donated goods.
Participate in a veteran job fair by co-hosting an information table at a job fair with the Legion Family. See if this is right for you, and learn how at www.hiringourheroes.org
In addition to our on going VA&R projects and activities, as a special project, I propose that the Department focus on our VA Hospitals this year. Send all donation to Department that way it can be split between all hospitals. To insure they get what is need for each hospital as well.