Re-Creation, USA

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  • Re-Creation, USA is an enthusiastic troupe of talented young volunteer performers. Help Hospitalized Veterans is proud to help sponsor their tours.
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  • The troupe provides near-daily variety stage shows at VA medical centers and veterans nursing homes nationwide.
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  • Founded in 1976 by Hugh Brooks, Re-Creation began touring for the USO and Veterans Affairs medical centers soon after. Today, the troupe performs more than 300 shows annually, touring VA facilities in all 50 states.
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  • Performances range from variety-show song and dance to classic childhood music. To hospitalized patients, this live entertainment provides tremendous therapeutic value.
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  • The dedication of these young people, as they lift the spirits of America’s hospitalized veterans, is truly inspiring.
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    A Wonderful Reminder…

    A recent tour of the northwest United States included a performance at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. It was a typical day for our cast—unloading, setting up, visiting individual rooms and wards, and then presenting the show. The performance area, a dining room, was packed with wheelchairs as well as more ambulatory folks – even standing in the back!

    It’s easy to get accustomed to those typical “reports” from the group.

    Then we received this note:

    “Your group happened to be performing at a Veteran’s Home. My dad was in his last hours on this earth and your wonderful people came in and sang at his bedside. It moved me so much. It was as if they were God’s Angels, welcoming him home. He passed away an hour following their performance. It is a memory I’ll treasure forever and never forget.” (name withheld for privacy)

    Wow. Far from a typical day or typical report.

    It was a marvelous reminder of the real impact that Re-Creation has on real people at a real level. Far too often we have heard that our young ambassadors can be the only people from the outside that veteran residents and patients see in those kinds of circumstances this family member so graciously shared.

    HHV’s support…your support…continues that kind of impact and presence everywhere our young people entertain. And everywhere they visit.

    To learn more about Re-Creation click here.

    Following is Re-Creation’s schedule of upcoming VA and state veterans home performances. If you would like to attend a VA show, please contact either the Recreation Therapy or Voluntary Services department of your local facility for details. For nursing home performances ask for the Activities Department. Dates and times may change without notice.

    January 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    January 5, 2016 Port Charlotte, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    January 6, 2016 Pembroke Pines, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    January 7, 2016 Miami, FL VA Medical Center 1:00pm
    January 8, 2016 West Palm Beach, FL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    January 12, 2016 Tampa, FL VA Medical Center 7:00pm
    January 13, 2016 Bay Pines, FL VA Medical Center 10:30am
    January 14, 2016 Land O’ Lakes, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    January 19, 2016 Daytona Beach, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    January 20, 2016 Orlando, FL VA Medical Center 2:00pm

    February 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    February 1, 2016 Gainesville, FL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    February 2, 2016 St. Augustine, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    February 8, 2016 Montgomery, AL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    February 9, 2016 Tuscaloosa, AL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    February 10, 2016 Birmingham, AL VA Medical Center 10:30am
    February 11, 2016 Huntsville, AL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    February 12, 2016 Tuskegee, AL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    February 13, 2016 Panama City, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    February 15, 2016 Lake City, FL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    February 16, 2016 Lake City, FL VA Medical Center 2:00pm

    March 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    March 1, 2016 Dublin, GA VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 2, 2016 Atlanta, GA VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 3, 2016 Augusta, GA VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 4, 2016 Durham, NC VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 16, 2016 Fayetteville, NC State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 17, 2016 Salisbury, NC State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 18, 2016 Salisbury, NC VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 21, 2016 Biloxi, MS VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 22, 2016 Collins, MS State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 23, 2016 Jackson, MS State Veterans Home 10:00am
    March 23, 2016 Jackson, MS VA Medical Center 7:00pm
    March 24, 2016 Kosciusko, MS State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 25, 2016 Oxford, MS State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 28, 2016 Humboldt, TN State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 29, 2016 Anna, IL State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    March 30, 2016 Marion, IL VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    March 31, 2016 Murfreesboro, TN VA Medical Center 2:00pm

     

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