Give a Vet a Valentine

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(KNSI) - The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is asking people to send Valentine's Day cards, gifts, or stop by to thank the hundreds of vets staying at the VA during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

VA Public Affairs Officer Barry Venable was a guest of KNSI's Bob Hughes and said getting thoughtful gifts or cards has always been important to veterans.

"In the military culture mail call is always special, in particular when you're hospitalized. Every visitor, every card, every flower is meaningful and impactful."

Dan Ball is the Chief of Voluntary Services at the VA and says they love it when people stop by to visit the vets who can't leave the hospital.

"Folks can come in, maybe some kids have made a little gift or something, made a little drawing for the veterans that they can share. When you see the folks, their faces light up, and they start to tell you stories of their life, and they just love seeing all the fresh faces there."

Ball says the vets will be treated to ribeye steak lunch on Friday (Valintine's Day), and there are celebrations planned in all six of the St. Cloud VA's wards.

The St. Cloud VA has around 350 vets who stay there and served 1700 to 1800 vets a day. The St. Cloud VA sees approximately 39,000 vets a year.

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is observed annually during the week of Valentine's Day, to show appreciation to inpatient and residential Veterans.

This annual observation gives all Americans the chance to thank the more than 9 million Veterans who receive care from VA through volunteering and creating Valentine's Day cards.

You can address Valentines, cards, and letters to:

Any Veteran

Attn: Voluntary Services

St. Cloud VA Health Care System

4801 Veterans Drive

St. Cloud, MN 56303