You may know February 14 as Valentine’s Day, but did you know the week of February 14 is also another special time? The National Salute to Veteran Patients happens every year during the week of February 14. This national salute is a way of paying tribute to the approximately 100,000 patients a day that receives medical treatment in a VA medical facility, as well as the nine million U.S. veterans who receive care every year. This year, the National Salute to Veteran Patients takes place from Sunday, February 14 to Saturday, February 20, 2021.
Millions of veterans across the country are treated at VA facilities. These include VA medical centers, VA outpatient clinics, VA domiciliary care, and nursing homes. The top three states with the highest percentage of veterans overall in 2017 was Alaska, Maine, and Montana. Additionally, the top three states with the highest percentage of women veterans in 2017 was the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Alaska.
The National Salute to Veteran Patients has always taken place during Valentine’s Day week. It’s a way of paying tribute to veterans, while also increasing community awareness of the role of the VA medical center, encouraging visits to hospitalized veterans, and encouraging volunteerism with the VA.
If you want to celebrate the National Salute to Veteran Patients, there are several ways you can do so. If it is safe to do so, you can visit a local VA hospital or give gifts to VA hospital patients. You can also donate money to veterans in need through SRQ Vets. We are local veterans volunteering to serve other local veterans. We are dedicated to helping our fellow vets receive the service and care they need. We hope you will honor veterans with us this National Salute to Veterans Patients week. To get involved with our services, you can reach us by phone at 941-777-8387.