The Bedford Citizen is Bedford VA’s 2019 Community Spirit Award Recipient

Photographed with the Community Spirit award presented to THe Bedford Citizen at Bedford VA’s annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony (l-r) Julie McCay Turner, VAMC Director Dr. Joan Clifford, Lee Vorderer, Ginni Spencer, and Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor – Courtesy image (c) 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

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The Bedford Citizen was unanimously voted to receive this year’s Bedford VA Community Service Award, “In recognition of your substantial support to Bedford VA.” The award was presented at the 2019 Award Banquet.

“The Bedford VA is profoundly grateful for your help in getting out the word to Veterans and our Bedford neighbors about all that is going on at 200 Springs Road,” said Director of Volunteer Services Laurel Holland, “and we recognize how much more connected we all are through the efforts of The Bedford Citizen.

“Stories and photos by Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor, Lee Vorderer, Meredith McCulloch, and Julie McCay Turner make a true difference in letting the Veterans and the Town of Bedford know about the many services at Bedford VA. The Citizen’s online Calendar helps us to welcome the public with opportunities to come in and get to know some of the heroes in our midst and serve them along side us as volunteers or in any way possible.   We are truly grateful to be part of such a wonderful community brought together by The Bedford Citizen,” concluded Holland.

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Volunteer Services at Bedford VA

Forty nine of Bedford VA’s volunteers live in Bedford and support programs such as Recreation Therapy, Pet Therapy, Hospital Ambassador, (greeter program), Drive up Free Produce Market, Chapel Escort, Library, Research, Hospice, No Veteran Dies Alone program, Director’s Office, Coffee/Hospitality, and the Veterans Transportation Network (DAV Driver).

Bedford VA is supported by over 400 regularly scheduled volunteers a year providing over 39,000 hours of service. Additionally, over 4,600 hours of service are provided over 1500 occasional visits!

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