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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System


BPVAHCS and St. Petersburg Regional Office celebrate National Veterans and Military Families Month

November 1, 2018

Bay Pines, Fla.Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.”

Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.

That tradition continues again this year, with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

  • senior leader visits to VA facilities
  • open houses
  • town halls
  • benefits claims clinics
  • volunteer recognitions
  • homeless Veteran initiative events
  • suicide prevention events
  • faith-based community events
  • flag/planting tributes at National cemeteries

To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November: 

Medical Legal Partnership Opportunities
(free civil legal services for eligible Veterans) November 5, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mental Health Group Room
Bradenton Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Great American Smoke-out
November 15, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. located in the lobbies at the:
C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus and the   
Lee County Healthcare Center
Veterans Wellness Connection
November 6, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Building 100, 1st floor, Room: 1E – 236
C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center
Disability Claims and Appeals Clinic                     November 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg Regional Office
Veterans Day Ceremony
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Veterans Courtyard (between buildings 2 and 37) C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus
New Patient Orientation             
November 19, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
J.C. Cobb room located in building 100
C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus
Salute to Veterans Car and Truck Show November 25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Veterans Courtyard (between buildings 2 and 37)
C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus

This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes. 

“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

“Every day is Veterans Day for members of the VA family.  We always welcome the opportunity to meet with our Nation’s heroes, thank them for their sacrifices in protecting our freedom, and help them learn more about the benefits and services they have earned in a manner that honors their service,” said Julianna Boor, Saint Petersburg VA Regional Office Director.

“This Veterans and Military Families month we recognize those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom’s sake. Most of all, we remember their devotion and gallantry that embody this great Nation. It is our hope that these planned activities reflect our appreciation for their service,” said Paul M. Russo, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Director/CEO.

For more information about activities planned for Veterans and Military Families month, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 727-398-6661 extension 14110. The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available here.