An Open Letter from Jeff Milligan, Director of the VA North Texas Health Care System:

Dear Editor:

This Valentine’s Day, many Veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended. No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no Veteran has to be.

I would like to personally invite every one of your readers to show their love and appreciation to Veterans by visiting the VA North Texas Health Care System sites at Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler and Bonham as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Feb. 10-15.

Your readers can join our "Visit a Vet for Valentine's Day" program or arrange for a visit through our Voluntary Service Office during National Salute week to visit Veterans at a VA facility and remind them that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

However, the love doesn’t have to end on Valentine’s Day. Many of our Veterans are coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with special needs and challenges that require the hearts and hands of a new generation of VA volunteers. VA North Texas Health Care System invites citizens, young and old, to join us in honoring our Veterans year round by learning more about VA’s volunteer program as well.

Every citizen can make a positive difference in the life of a Veteran patient. Visits from community groups do so much to lift the spirits of our patients. I invite every member of our community to participate.

Call our Voluntary Service office at 214-857-0428 to schedule a visit and learn how to join the VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients.

Our National Salute to Veterans program includes events taking place every day Monday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 14 at our at Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler and Bonham sites. For the most update to date event details, please visit our website at