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Kudos to D.C. center
In a recent letter, Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, wrote to the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center Director Fernando O. Rivera:
“Dear Mr. Rivera,
“I congratulate you and your facility’s staff for winning one of this year’s Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Awards. Winning this most prestigious prize is a momentous achievement that recognizes your sustained commitment to performance excellence.
“The hallmark of a superior organization is the ability to refine and adapt in order to improve efficiency as well as quality of service. It is the type of innovation and initiative that you have displayed that makes VA the world’s premier health care system.
“Your leadership in health technology and veteran outreach is an example of best practices, and is commendable.
“Thank you for all that you have done in service to veterans. Please share my congratulations with your staff.
“Sincerely, Daniel Akaka”
I wish the senator would use his good office to urge the VA secretary to improve the Washington D.C. facility, especially improving parking for veterans at the site.
Barbara Lau, executive director of Cause, a volunteer organization providing recreational and entertainment programs to wounded service members recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently announced that Cause has received grants in excess of $260,000 to expand its digital library program at military medical centers.
The Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund at the California Community Foundation awarded Cause $210,700 to fund digital libraries at three military medical centers soon to be announced. The Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Fund of the San Antonio Foundation awarded $49,800 to fund the library Cause recently established at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
In announcing the awards Ms. Lau said, “These generous gifts from public philanthropic institutions demonstrate the nation’s support for the military men and women who have paid such a high price for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Recuperation from severe, life-altering injuries often requires hospital stays of a year or more. Cause libraries, with their DVDs, video games, and gaming systems, offer entertainment and distraction to young soldiers as they make a difficult journey to recovery.”
• Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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