Milwaukee VA Medical Center
DAV gives free hot dogs for National Salute
The local Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary chapter treated Veterans Wednesday to hot dogs at the Milwaukee VA.
The free lunch was part of a week-long National Salute to Veterans, taking place at VA medical centers nationwide. Volunteers served hot dogs, chips, cookies and Valentine’s day cards from local schoolchildren.
The event was sponsored by DAV Chapter 19, auxiliary, and state department.
“Giving back to those who served is highly important to us,” said Patty Davis, DAV transportation coordinator for the Milwaukee VA. “Doing small events like this are friendly reminders that we care about their service.”
The local DAV helps Veterans get benefits and provides transportation to and from the hospital. Veteran Ron Vana said the service is deeply appreciated.
“I utilize the transportation services here at the VA,” he said. “They’re always so fast and efficient. They’re always respectful, so that’s a plus. Giving us a nice lunch is always appreciated."
“This was so nice of the DAV," added Veteran Gerald Buckner. "Things like this really make me feel good when I come to the hospital. More often than not, there’s always something fun happening or a smiling face, to make me feel welcomed at the VA. This brightened up my day for sure."
In the last year, the local DAV helped transport 12,000 veterans back and forth for appointments, logging 650,000 miles. If you would like to volunteer for the program, call Davis at 414-384-2000, ext. 45715.
For more information on how you can donate or volunteer at Milwaukee VA check out Voluntary Services webpage or call 414-384-2000,41803.