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VA & R Service to Veterans


Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

Service to Veterans 2019-2020


Joyce Elliott

580 18th St Pl

Nevada IA 50201



Service to Veterans is volunteers who provide services to veterans, military and their families outside a VA Medical Center. 


What can you do? Crochet or knit hats, scarves and mittens for homeless veterans.  Raise funds for local posts to help a veteran and their family with rent, utilities or deposits and security deposits. You can compile “Blessing Bags” to be given to local police or other organizations that deal with homeless veterans.


You can help your Unit and Department earn recognition at National Convention through donations to support VA Creative Arts Festivals. Contribute supplies to help supplement visual veteran artists’ needs for their projects. Contact your local VA hospital coordinator for a list of items.


Visit with assisted living or nursing homes to find veterans in their facilities to help them with postage or remember them on special occasions.


As a Unit you can help a veteran or military family with yard work, scoop snow or help with repairs, or relieve the caregiver if they have one, babysit or just be present.


Don’t forget to track and report your hours and expenses.  Service to a volunteer’s family or relative cannot be counted. The tracking runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  Your hours and expenses must be certified by your Unit and sent to me by April 30, 2020.  Volunteers can earn “hour bars” when reaching specific hour milestones of 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 hours after which they will earn 1000-hour increments.  The hours are cumulative from year to year. Please contact me if you have hours for bars to report.


A short narrative would be appreciated from your Units by December 15, 2019 so I can prepare and submit my Mid-Year Report to the Central Division Chairman. The annual report is April 30, 2020. 


Remember the Angels are watching over us as we help our Veterans, Military and their families. 


Additional details, information and resources may be found on the National American Legion Auxiliary website in the Members Only section.




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