For more than 118 years, ensuring veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve has been one of our top priorities. Since the VA's Voluntary Service (VAVS) program's inception in 1946, our members and supporters have been volunteering their time at VA medical facilities nationwide, donating hundreds of thousands of service hours annually and providing much needed support and companionship to our nation’s heroes and their families.
Making the decision to volunteer and donate your personal time to our nation's heroes while they are receiving care at a VA facility is an amazing way to give back and thank those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Everyone can help make a difference to a veteran and volunteering through our service program makes it easy! The VFW VA Voluntary Service program offers a unique level of support and experience that only an organization with a strong service history like ours can provide. From experienced VFW mentors with a clear understanding of VA infrastructure and providing the support you need, to national recognition for volunteer accomplishments and dedication, we're here to ensure sure you get the most out of your volunteer service experience.
With over 6,000 regular volunteers at over 150 health care facilities, our volunteer representatives perform a vital role at VA health care facilities nationwide. We can help identify volunteer opportunities that align with your interests, such as sports and recreation, social work, arts and music, personal assistance, writing, chapel services, companionship, transportation and escort services and so much more. To learn more about this program directly, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service page.
In Ohio you may contact one of the following individuals to get started:
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center (Wade Park, Cleveland): James Myers (440) 781-5500
Charlmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care (Whitehall, Columbus): Mark Pheister (614) 866-8215