CW Bill Young VA to Host Veterans Creative Arts Festival Feb. 11 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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CW Bill Young VA to Host Veterans Creative Arts Festival Feb. 11

February 2, 2016

BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s (VAHCS) C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will host the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building.

Held in conjunction with VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients Week – a week designated to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans - the competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing.

Veterans, family members, VA staff, volunteers and the general public are encouraged to attend the event to enjoy art displays, performances and more.

Nationwide, medical facilities like the Bay Pines VAHCS use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined. Select winners will be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in October.

To learn more about the Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition, please contact Erin Todd at 727-398-6661, extension 15884. To learn more about the national program, please visit:

Media interested in covering the event are encouraged to contact the Bay Pines VAHCS Office of Public Affairs at 727-398-6661 extension 15031 or email

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 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