Penn State football team members to visit veterans

As part of the National Salute to Veterans Patients program, several members of the Penn State football team will be visiting veterans at the James E. Van Zandt Medical Center in Altoona today (Feb. 14). 

Players scheduled to attend are Glenn Carson, DaQuan Jones, Stephen Obeng-Agaypong, Brent Smith and John Urschel. Smith is a former U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The James E. Van Zandt Medical Center is located at 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd. in Altoona.

The annual VA National Salute program began in 1978 when VA took over sponsorship of a program started in 1974 by the humanitarian organization No Greater Love Inc. VA Voluntary Service staff plan and execute local events and activities at VA medical facilities. The National Salute 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.

The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is:

· To pay tribute and express appreciation to veteran patients

· To increase awareness of VA’s role in providing comprehensive medical care to the nation’s veterans

· To encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans and become involved as VA volunteers

For additional information, please contact Cindy Eaton at 814-943-8164, ext. 7046 or 7141.

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Last Updated February 14, 2013