National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 8-14 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 8-14

February 5, 2015

BAY PINES, Fla. – A full week of activities and special events for Veteran patients are scheduled at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center campus during the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 8-14.

The week of events centers on VA’s popular Valentines for Vets program scheduled for Feb. 14.  Individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars traditionally deliver valentines or visit Veterans at VA medical centers, clinics, domiciliaries and community living centers (CLC) across the country.  

Some of the events scheduled for Veterans at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center include gift and valentine distributions, music and dance performances, community group visits, a cookout and more. The week culminates with a large flower delivery to Veterans admitted to inpatient wards throughout the medical center.

For a full list of scheduled events, click here.

“Each of us who are privileged to live in this nation has a special place in our heart for Veterans.  That is why we take time at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System during the week of Valentine’s Day to encourage the community to express respect for those we admire and honor with high quality healthcare,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.

“During the week of the National Salute, we strive to offer more than excellent health care – we offer our patients a genuine connection with family, friends and the communities they served,” she said

While the National Salute kicks off on Feb. 8, Americans have the chance to show their appreciation to Veterans all year by volunteering their time or donating to VA medical facilities throughout the year.  No medical experience is necessary and volunteers are encouraged to share ideas how they would like to give back using their unique skills. To find opportunities at the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit or call (727) 398-6661 ext. 15594.

Media interested in covering National Salute Week activities, are encouraged to contact the Bay Pines VAHCS Office of Public Affairs by calling 727-398-9531 or by emailing

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System - The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.  To learn more, please visit or like us on Facebook at