New Mexico VA Health Care System
VA to Recognize Its Volunteers
April 9, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE -- April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use the opportunity to thank more than 67,000 citizen volunteers who give back to veterans every day at local VA medical facilities.
During this week of recognition, the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque will honor its 756 volunteers for the 100, 923 hours they contributed last year toward caring for veterans, driving, directing, sitting, serving, comforting and counseling on a regular basis.
Special recognition activities during Volunteer Week will include a breakfast buffet and a movie showing. A volunteer awards luncheon is being planned for later this spring.
“The reasons our volunteers give so selflessly of their time are as varied and diverse as this very special part of VA’s workforce, said Kimberly Antos, Chief of Voluntary Service and Public Affairs for the New Mexico VA Health Care System. “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 of their time and service to these veterans gives them a sense of purpose.”
Anyone interested in becoming a VA volunteer should call the Voluntary Service at (505) 256-2771.