The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is to:

  • pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans;
  • increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center;
  • encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.

The week of February 14 each year is your opportunity to say thank you to a special group of men and women, more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes.

During the National Salute, VA invites individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars to participate in a variety of activities at the VA medical centers. The activities and events include special ward visits and valentine distributions; photo opportunities; school essay contests; special recreation activities and Veteran recognition programs.

Each year during the  “National Salute to Veteran Patients” week, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center receives thousands of valentine cards from the citizens of our community, each designed to let those who have given so much to our nation know that they are not forgotten.  You can send your valentine to:800 Zorn Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

To learn more about this and other Volunteer programs, please contact the Robley Rex VAMC at 502-287-6221.