The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated National Salute to Veterans Week, and the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center pays tribute to America's heroes - the men and women we proudly care for and serve, as well as over 210 of our 650 plus employees who have served their country in the military.
Men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as Americans.
This week, we join VA facilities across the nation in saluting these men and women who have paid and continue to pay the price of freedom. As spelled out in large letters when you enter our long term care Community Living Center, "The Price of Freedom is observed here." There are no words that can adequately express what their sacrifices have meant to the nation. However, we can take time to express our personal thanks and appreciation to them.
I also invite anyone in the community who desire to put their appreciation into action to consider becoming a volunteer at our medical center. If you are interested, please call our Voluntary Service office at 906-774-3300, extension 32780.
Our vision is to be leaders in rural health care focused on excellence and putting Veterans first. Our patients have a special place in our hearts. We are pledged to do all that we can to alleviate their pain. However, they are more than "patients" - they are "our veterans." Please take time this week to thank a veteran for his or her service and sacrifice.
James W. Rice
Oscar G. Johnson
VA Medical Center