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Atlanta VA Honors Volunteers at Annual Event

Atlanta VA Medical Center volunteers were honored for their outstanding service at an awards luncheon April 21.

Atlanta VA Medical Center volunteers were honored for their outstanding service at an awards luncheon April 21.

Friday, April 25, 2014

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Atlanta VA hosted its annual awards luncheon to recognize the efforts of VA volunteers on Apr 21. 

The volunteers not only assist with programs at the main campus in Decatur, but also perform vital functions at the facility’s 12 additional sites of care.

Last year, 440 regularly scheduled volunteers worked over 61,000 hours to help Atlanta VA Veterans. Volunteers performed a variety of functions such as administrative/clerical, comfort item distribution, recreation, escort, greeter, driver, and hospice support. 

The current monetary value of those hours is more than $1.4 million. Additionally, Atlanta VA volunteers and organizations contributed more than $500,000 in gifts and donations for a total value of $1.9 million in volunteer giving last year. 

“Our volunteers give their time and talents to support the military men and women who sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country,” said Derenda McCook, Voluntary Service Chief of the Atlanta VA. “We are grateful to have so many volunteers who enhance the services we provide to Veterans and for that we simply cannot say thank you enough.” 

At the Atlanta VA awards luncheon, several volunteers received special service awards and certificates for attaining certain benchmarks during the previous fiscal year. Top performers include: 

5000 HOUR AWARD

Joe Brandon - Disabled American Veterans
Betty Hanna - American Legion Auxiliary
Bobby Huggins -Disabled American Veterans
John Letky - Unaffiliated Volunteer

6,250 HOUR AWARD

David Lyons - Disabled American Veterans
Ruth Zingarelli - American Legion Auxiliary

7500 HOUR AWARD

Rebecca Rostron - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Richard Simpson - Disabled American Veterans

10,000 HOUR AWARD

Rick Conn - Masonic Service Association

12,500 HOUR AWARD

Douglas Murphy -American Legion/Sons of the American Legion

25,000 HOUR AWARD

William White - American Legion

30 Years of Service & 15,000 Hours

Patricia Bradford - Unaffiliated Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming an Atlanta VA volunteer to help Veterans, please call (404) 321-6111 x7728 to get started today.

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