President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.”
Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.
That tradition continues again this year with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:
senior leader visits to VA facilities
benefits claims clinics
homeless Veteran initiative events
suicide prevention events
faith-based community events
flag planting tributes at national cemeteries
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center was the only VA medical center designated as a regional site for Veterans Day and will hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:
Nov. 1 - Day of Prayer
Nov. 8 - Roll Call of Remembrance
Nov. 10 - Road to Freedom 5K
Nov. 10 - Veterans Day Program
Nov. 10 - HeroHaven Homeless Stand Down
Nov. 13 - Day of Service
Nov. 16 - Magic Show
Nov. 29 - Healing Arts Show
This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes.
“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.
“We make an effort to have Veterans feel like every day is Veterans Day when they walk through our medical center doors,” said Timothy J. Cooke, medical center director. “We are always working with our staff and community partners to have events that celebrate the Veterans we are so proud to serve.”
The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 1C facility serving over 119,000 Veterans across the four states of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the medical center operates seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The clinics are VA-staffed and are located in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Fort Detrick, Maryland, Petersburg and Franklin, West Virginia and Harrisonburg and Stephens City, Virginia. The Martinsburg VA Medical Center also supports the Vet Center in Martinsburg and the Culpeper and Winchester national cemeteries in Virginia.