Resolution J355-2013

Commemorating National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week

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  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 5, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  National  Salute to Hospitalized
Veterans Week

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New  York,  who
have  served  so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this country's
freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in  peace-
time, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully in accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week; and
  WHEREAS, For the first time since the Vietnam War, America's  Veterans
Administration (VA) and military hospitals are caring for a large number
of  war-wounded;  many servicemen and servicewomen are seriously wounded
and are unable to return to duty; once they are discharged  from  active
duty, they are then treated in the VA hospital system; and
  WHEREAS, The National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week is observed
annually during the week of Valentine's Day, a day of caring and sharing
which  underscores  the Salute's expression of honor and appreciation to
inpatient and outpatient veterans; and
  WHEREAS, National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week will  be  cele-
brated February 10-16, 2013, to say thank you and to show support to the
men and women who have honorably served our country and borne the battle
in defending freedom, not only at home but throughout the world; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  the  purpose  of  the  National  Salute is to
increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical centers,  and
to  encourage  citizens  to  visit  hospitalized  veterans and to become
involved as volunteers; and
  WHEREAS, The annual VA National Salute program began in 1978  when  VA
took  over sponsorship of a program which started in 1974 by the humani-
tarian organization No Greater Love, Inc.; the staff of the VA Voluntary
Service plan and execute local  events  and  activities  at  VA  medical
centers; and
  WHEREAS,  Local  celebrities,  youth  groups,  members  of the general
public, and veterans service organizations visit patients at VA  medical
centers, nursing homes, state veteran homes, and other facilities; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  21st  consecutive  year, the nationally syndicated
column started by Ann Landers, now called "Ask  Annie,"  has  devoted  a
column  to  the  National Salute, asking readers to send Valentine's Day
cards and letters to hospitalized veterans at VA medical centers; subse-
quently, more than one million cards and letters are sent to VA patients
during the National Salute; and
  WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at  home  and  abroad,
these  men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and
thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and for
their dedication to their communities, their  State  and  their  Nation;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative Body pause in its deliberations and
most proudly commemorate National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans  Week;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Health Care Systems
and VA medical centers throughout the State of New York.

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