Bay Pines VA to Recognize and Celebrate Vietnam Veterans March 26-30, 2018 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

 

Bay Pines VA to Recognize and Celebrate Vietnam Veterans March 26-30, 2018

March 20, 2018

Vietnam 50th Commemorative Partner Seal

Bay Pines, FL
- The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will observe National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day throughout the week of March 26 – 30, 2018 as part of the Nation’s continued commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day is formally recognized on March 29 of each year.

Throughout the week, Vietnam Veterans will have the opportunity to receive a special commemorative lapel pin at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, the Lee County Healthcare Center, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Bradenton, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota and Sebring. Supplies are limited.

Living U.S. 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. Proof of service is not required. Former service members can simply identify as a Vietnam Veteran to receive a pin.

Specific information about the date, time, and location of pin distributions is provided below.

  • March 26 – 30, 2018 (All Week) | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pins will be available for pickup at the primary check-in desks at all CBOCs and at the main volunteer/welcome desk located on the first floor of the Lee County Healthcare Center. Address information is available at www.baypines.va.gov.

  • Monday, March 26, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. VA and MyVA Community Engagement Board leaders will distribute pins at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center’s Lakeside Clinic (building 102), Veterans Canteen (building 1), primary entrances of the hospital building (building 100), and mental health center (building 111). Click here to view driving directions and a campus map.

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pins will be distributed at the Bay Pines Fisher House open house event. The house is located on the campus of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. Click here to view driving directions and a campus map.

The week of Vietnam Veteran recognition activities is a continuation of several events conducted by the Bay Pines VAHCS as an official an official commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration authorized by Public Law 110-181 and by Presidential Proclamation. Since becoming an official partner in 2016, the healthcare system has distributed more than 9,000 commemorative lapel pins to Veterans of the Vietnam War.

For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 727-398-6661, extension 17935, or email vhabaypublicaffairs@va.gov.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System 

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing nearly 4,300 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is one of the largest VA health care systems 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 www.baypines.va.gov, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vabaypines.