News | Feb. 14, 2018

DSCR honors veterans as part of National Salute to Veterans Patients Week

By DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, showed much valentines love to the veterans and staff at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Feb. 13.

Military members assigned to Defense Logistics Agency Aviation traveled to McGuire and taped dozens of Valentine’s Day cards on the walls of the medical center’s atrium. Children from the Bettye Ackerman-Cobb Child Development Center on DSCR handmade the “valentines for veterans” cards as part of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which runs Feb. 11-17. Event organizers at McGuire said the week is an outstanding opportunity to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans and show our appreciation to them. It’s also a time for VA medical centers across the country to showcase the vital role they play in the care of veterans and encourage people to become involved as volunteers.

DLA Aviation military member Air Force Capt. Kelly Dickerson led the volunteer team that included Air Force Capt. Joshua Wilkerson-Bienick, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Elizabeth Najieb and Marine Staff Sgt. Carl Selbo.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to spend the time at the VA medical center. We got to speak with veterans from the different service branches and all walks of life,” said Dickerson.

Along with taping cards to the atrium walls, Dickerson and Najieb walked around the facility and gave out cards to veterans and staff.

Najieb said this small token of gratitude was the least they could do.

“We are thankful for their sacrifices and all they have done for our great country and for us. They paved the way for us. We look forward to many more visits,” she said.