DAV and Auxiliary volunteers are simply amazing with their generosity and dedication, providing a broad array of services to veterans in our nation’s VA health care facilities. Last year, well more than 12,000 volunteers donated more than two million hours. I greatly appreciate each and every one of our volunteers and what they do for
the veterans and families we serve.
With so many volunteers performing many important assignments, the management effort is massive at the local and national levels within the VA and DAV. My office works closely with the VA every day to ensure that veterans in need receive assistance and that volunteers are efficiently employed. My office and my counterparts in the VA must work well together.
The VA’s Voluntary Services Department is one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the federal government. It is represented in all VA medical centers, providing about 12.2 million hours of service and an estimated $87 million in gifts and donations in support of veterans under VA care.
For the past eight years, Laura Balun directed that department with exceptional dedication, and will be missed as she has retired this year. She has been serving veterans for about 32 years, starting her VA career in 1981 as a recreational therapist in North Chicago, Ill., and Hampton, Va., before leading voluntary services in Grand Junction, Colo., and Washington, D.C. We wish her and her family the very best.
Many of you may have met her at a number of our events such as National Conventions, Mid-Winter Conferences and the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
I am grateful for Ms. Balun’s support, leadership, dedication and immense knowledge. She is truly devoted to helping veterans and their families.
If you are passionate about working with people, giving back to your community or are excited about new and meaningful experiences, volunteering through the VA Voluntary Service Program or the Local Veterans Assistance Program may be for you.
DAV is here to provide even more opportunities for members of the public and the veterans we serve. If you know someone who is interested in volunteering, please have them contact the DAV Voluntary Services Department toll free at 877-426-2838, or by email at VAVS@dav.org.
Those of you who selflessly give of yourselves to honor our injured veterans and their families deserve our utmost respect. Thank you for what you do.