Letter: Week of Feb. 12 is National Salute to Veteran Patients

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National Salute to Veteran Patients is the week of Feb. 12 (including the 14th, Valentine's Day).

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs state: The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Programs is to:

• Pay tribute and express appreciation to veterans.

• Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical centers

• Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans and become involved as volunteers.

The week of Feb. 14 each year is your opportunity to say "Thank you" to a special group of men and women, more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and nursing homes.