Events planned in Butler, Pa., to salute veterans

BUTLER, Pa. -- Several events are planned at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Butler during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, Feb. 10-16.
The National Salute gives people a chance to let those who have given the nation so much know that they are not forgotten, said Michael S. Finegan, VA medical center director. The center is located at 325 New Castle Road.
Local celebrities, elected officials, schoolchildren and other groups have been invited to participate in activities, such as Special Guest Day on the morning of Feb. 15. Individuals or groups who want to visit the facility or participate in medical center programs may call (724) 285-2575.
Finegan said he hopes visitors will learn more about the important roles the medical center's 650 volunteers play and perhaps become volunteers themselves.
Typical volunteer assignments include providing and assisting with various recreational activities such as parties, stage shows, ceramics, sing-alongs; escorting patients to therapy sessions, delivering charts and other items; and doing clerical work for medical center departments.
Other activities scheduled for National Salute week include: Tuesday, BPOE (Elks) bingo party; Wednesday, coffee and donuts treat for nursing home patients; and Thursday, Valentine's Day luncheon for in-patients.

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