Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Primary Care Salute to Vietnam Veterans Scheduled for Flag Day, June 14
June 13, 2016
BAY PINES, FL -- The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Primary Care Salute to Vietnam Veterans on Flag Day, June 14, at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and VA outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. The activity is being held as part of the organization’s continued commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
On this day, Vietnam Veterans with regularly scheduled Primary Care appointments will be presented with a special commemorative lapel pin. Living United States Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location are eligible to receive one pin. Vietnam Veterans simply have to notify their respective Primary Care providers or any member of their Patient Align Care Team (PACT) that they served during the timeframe noted. No official documentation is required. Information about the lapel pin is available at: www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Veteran_Lapel_Pin_Fact_Sheet.pdf.
"Across the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, we serve more than 50,000 men and women who honorably and bravely served during the Vietnam War. Many of these heroes were not properly recognized and welcomed home after sacrificing so much for the freedoms we enjoy," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. "Our activity on June 14 is one small way we are honoring Vietnam Veterans and thanking them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation."
The Primary Care Salute to Vietnam Veterans is a continuation of several events conducted by the Bay Pines VAHCS to honor Vietnam Veterans as an official commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration authorized by Public Law 110-181 and by Presidential Proclamation. Previous events held include:
- March 29, 2016 – Commemorative wall display dedication held at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center
- April 5, 2016 – Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony held at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (watch thevideo at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofuZrnKX82M)
- May 30, 2016 – Lapel pin distribution during the annual Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony (watch the video at:www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YqM-EQVTeY)
To learn about future events and more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov and signup to receive email updates. Veterans, family members and others can also connect with the Bay Pines VAHCS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VABayPines.
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.