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VA Black Hills Health Care System celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month

Nov 02, 2018 03:59PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual  National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.”

Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.

That tradition continues again this year with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

  • senior leader visits to VA facilities

  • open houses

  • town halls

  • benefits claims clinics

  • volunteer recognitions

  • homeless Veteran initiative events

  • suicide prevention events

  • faith-based community events

  • flag planting tributes at national cemeteries

To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, VA Black Hills Health Care System will hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:

  • A Day of Prayer and Reflection for Veterans on November 1st at 2:00pm in the Peace Chapel, Building 148 at the Fort Meade Campus

  • Veteran Stand Down and Resource Fair on November 8th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City

  • Caregiver Informational Fair on November 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Journey Museum in Rapid City

  • Coffee with the Director on November 15th from 9:00am to 10:00am in Building 145, Room 108 at the Fort Meade Campus

  • Coffee with the Director on November 16th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in Building 12, 1st Floor Waiting Room on the Hot Springs Campus

This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes.

“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

“We look forward to seeing Veterans and their families at one of the many events scheduled throughout the month of November.  These events are great opportunities to learn more about VA health care and benefits,” said Sandra Horsman, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System.

The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link. For more details about local events please visit the VA Black Hills Health Care System Website calendar of events at this link.