Volunteers at Chicago VA earn recognition for service
Nearly 300 volunteers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Jesse Brown Medical Center in Chicago received awards for their service at a ceremony June 6.
The Jesse Brown VAMC's annual Voluntary Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony honored volunteers who contributed significant hours of service to Veterans and the VA.
The medical center's 760 volunteers contributed more than 110,000 hours of service, which is equivalent to 53 fulltime employees and is valued at $2.3 million.
"You make a tremendous difference in what we do here," said Michael Anaya, Sr., director of Jesse Brown VAMC. "Thank you all for what you do for our Veterans."
Nationally, the VA's Voluntary Service has contributed 66 years of volunteerism to America's Veterans seeking care in VA health care facilities.
Since 1946, VAVS volunteers have donated more than 736 million hours of service; and the program is one of the largest volunteer groups in the Federal government. More than 350 national and community organizations support VAVS.