BATH — President Donald Trump has 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 and flag planting tributes at national cemeteries.
To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, the Bath VA Medical Center will hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:
Nov. 4 — Visit by Saint Bonaventure University Veteran students Nov. 4 — Sons of the American Legion visit in Domiciliary Nov. 5 —Knights of Columbus visit in Domiciliary Nov. 6 — Election Day voting trip for Community Living Center Veterans Nov. 7 — American Legion Auxiliary holiday gift shop Nov. 10 — Veterans Day Celebration - Mansfield University Brass Band Concert-1:30pm, free and open to the public Nov. 10 — Marine Corp birthday party for Veterans Nov. 11 —Elks Carnival-Community Living Center and Domiciliary Nov. 13 — Marconi Lodge hosts lunch for Community Living Center Veterans Nov. 17 —Hornell VFW hosts Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 28 — Memorial Service for Veterans who have passed in the last 6 months
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.
"It is truly a privilege and an honor to provide health care to America's heroes. Care they have earned and deserve. Every day is Veterans Day at the Bath VA," said Bruce Tucker, interim medical center director for the Bath VA Medical Center.