Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Coatesville VA Medical Center Announces Veterans Week Activities
October 17, 2014
The Coatesville VA Medical Center Announces Veterans Week Activities (Community Invited to Join in Thanking Veterans for their Service)
(Coatesville, Pa.) – In recognition of Veterans Day 2014, the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will host a nine-day-long celebration, paying tribute to Veterans. The events will take place weekdays beginning Monday, Nov. 3 and running through Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The theme is Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, also called Gulf War I.
“This year, celebrations surrounding Veterans Day will inspire us in a different way,” says Acting Director Elizabeth Helsel, “Our mission is to serve those who served, and it has never been more clear. As a department, we are working to transform VA into a health care provider of choice, and that starts with honoring service and empowering health. It is my hope that the local tradition of Veterans Week brings us all together, and helps us focus on the path ahead.”
The Women Veterans Tea will kick off the festivities on Monday, Nov. 3 at 2p.m. in the Great Hall. The tea is open to women Veterans, and pre-registration is required.
The Interfaith Service will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 2p.m. in Building 72, the All Faith Chapel. The service is open to the community.
The Gospel Concert is set for Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 2p.m. in Building 72, the All Faith Chapel. The Tiller Sisters will perform a mix of gospel and patriotic songs. The concert is open to the community.
Veteran Patient Orientation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 1p.m. in Building 2, Room B34. Veterans can learn how to enroll for VA health care, and about available services. The orientation is open to Veterans using VA health care, those newly enrolled and not enrolled, and family health care decision makers.
The Veterans Week Parade will take place on Friday, Nov. 7 at 9:30a.m. Veterans representing Desert Storm and Desert Shield will serve as Parade Grand Marshals and will be honored throughout the day. Many local organizations and groups will celebrate Veterans, including high school marching bands and local fire and police departments. Classic cars and floats representing various VA health care services will participate. Veterans service organizations and mascots from Philadelphia sports teams are also expected. The parade is open to the community.
The formal Flag Raising Ceremony takes place later on Friday, Nov. 7 at 1p.m. in front of Building 1. Veterans and other participants will line up and proceed to the American Flag flying high at the top of the hill. A ceremony that calls all to reflect on the meaning of the flag will ensue. Veterans representing Desert Storm and Desert Shield will be especially honored during this celebration.
A second Flag Raising Ceremony is set for Monday, Nov. 10 at 2p.m. in front of Building 138, the Community Living Center. The ceremony is open to all, but is especially for Veterans who reside in the Community Living Center, 24-hour nursing care is provided, usually on a long term basis.
A Veterans Day Salute takes place on Tuesday, November 11 at 10:45a.m. at Veterans Plaza on First Avenue and Lincoln Highway in Coatesville, Pa. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1777 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 287 host the event where participants will speak about Veterans Day. The observance concludes with the laying of a wreath at the base of the Coatesville Veterans Council War Memorial.
The culmination of the Week’s activities will take place later that day at a second Salute. Veteran inpatients and rehabilitation program residents will enjoy activities such as bingo, live entertainment, gifts from Veterans service organizations, and refreshments.
Throughout the entire week, events open exclusively to Veteran patients will be held including the Motown Concert, the Veterans Banquet, the Radnor School Visit, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Pa., District 9 Karaoke Party, the Community Living Center Luncheon, and the Day of Beauty for women Veterans.
Community members and Veterans can call 610-384-7711 extension 4272 with any questions about Veterans Week.
All unenrolled Veterans should apply for VA health care. Time or dates served, a service-related health condition, income level and other circumstances are qualifiers. To learn more, Veterans can visit http://www.coatesville.va.gov/patients/eligibility.asp or call 610-383-0265 or 610-383-0266.
Media interested in learning more about or covering the events, can call Public Affairs Officer Kathleen Pomorski at 610-383-0203 or 484-832-4440.
About the Coatesville VA Medical Center
The Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center is one of 152 VA medical centers nationwide. The medical center and its outpatient clinics in Spring City and Springfield, Pa. comprise an integrated health care system dedicated to providing Veterans with health care that improves their health and well-being.
Health care offered is continuously improving, patient-centered, data-driven and team-based and encompasses mental health care, primary care, preventive care, geriatrics and extended care, specialty and women’s health care, and pharmacy and social work services, and more for inpatients, residential patients and outpatients.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the hospital provided health care to 18,729 Veterans, and had 200,404 outpatient visits. There were 1,433 Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans and 865 women Veterans served. The medical center currently employs approximately 1,335 full time workers.
All Veterans who are treated at the Coatesville VA Medical Center must be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care. Eligibility and enrollment professionals can be reached at 610-383-0265 or 610-383-0266. Visit us at www.coatesville.va.gov and www.facebook.com/coatesvillevamc.