BATH — To honor hospitalized Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating National Salute to Veteran Patients Feb. 10-16 by encouraging communities to seek out opportunities to volunteer at their local VA facilities.

“The Bath VA Medical Center cares deeply about its Veteran residents and Voluntary Service has planned a number of events to help mark the week,” said Bruce Tucker, acting medical center director.

Events include:

Monday, Feb. 11 — at 9:30 a.m., Kick Off National Salute with Congressman Reed handing out valentines and Valentine’s Day mugs.

Monday, Feb. 11 – at 6 p.m., American Red Cross visit Veterans Community Living Center

Wednesday, Feb. 13 — at 2 p.m., Sock Hop, music by Richard Slack, refreshments served

Thursday, Feb. 14 — at 2 p.m., Valentine’s Day party

Friday, Feb. 15 — 2 p.m., American Legion Auxiliary Women Veterans Tea

Last year, schools, community groups and youth organizations sent in valentines to VA medical centers, which were distributed to Veterans at the Bath VA. Additionally, more than 1,800 valentines were received from 15 schools and community organizations. More than 15 community organizations and groups contributed to events and activities recognizing hospitalized Veterans.

For those wanting to volunteer at the Bath VA during the National Salute or any other time of the year, visit www.bath.va.gov/giving/index.asp