Re-Creation, USA

• Re-Creation, USA is an enthusiastic troupe of talented young volunteer performers. Help Hospitalized Veterans is proud to help sponsor their tours.

• The troupe provides near-daily variety stage shows at VA medical centers and veterans nursing homes nationwide.

• 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.

• Performances range from variety-show song and dance to classic childhood music. To hospitalized patients, this live entertainment provides tremendous therapeutic value.

• The dedication of these young people, as they lift the spirits of America’s hospitalized veterans, is truly inspiring.

 

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.

Month of September

Date Performance Locations Time
September 1, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio VA Medical Center 10:30am
September 1, 2015 Fort Thomas, Kentucky VA Medical Center 7:00pm
September 2, 2015 Georgetown, Ohio State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 3, 2015 Dayton, Ohio VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 4, 2015 Columbus, Ohio VA Medical Center 10:30am
September 10, 2015 Denver, Colorado VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 11, 2015 Aurora, Colorado State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 14, 2015 Pueblo, Colorado VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 15, 2015 Walsenburg, Colorado State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 16, 2015 Florence, Colorado State Veterans Home 10:30am
September 17, 2015 Grand Junction Colorado VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 18, 2015 Rifle, Colorado State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 21, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 22, 2015 Boulder City, Nevada State Veterans Home 10:30am
September 23, 2015 Barstow, California State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 24, 2015 Lancaster, California State Veterans Home 2:00pm
September 25, 2015 Fresno, California VA Medical Center 10:30am
September 28, 2015 Reno, Nevada VA Medical Center 2:00pm
September 29, 2015 Livermore, California VA Medical Center 10:30am
September 30, 2015 Martinez, California VA Medical Center 2:00pm

Month of October

Date Performance Locations Time
October 1, 2015 Palo Alto, California VA Medical Center 6:00pm
October 2, 2015 Menlo Park, California VA Medical Center 10:30am
October 5, 2015 San Francisco, California VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 6, 2015 Yountville, California State Veterans Home 2:00pm
October 8, 2015 West Los Angeles, California VA Medical Center 1:00pm and 6:00pm
October 9, 2015 Sepulveda, California VA Medical Center 1:00pm
October 10, 2015 West Los Angeles, California State Veterans Home 2:00pm
October 12, 2015 Long Beach, California VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 13, 2015 Loma Linda, California VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 14, 2015 San Diego, California VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 19, 2015 Prescott, Arizona VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 20, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona VA Medical Center 1:30pm
October 21, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona State Veterans Home 10:30am
October 22, 2015 Tucson, Arizona VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 23, 2015 Truth or Consequence, New Mexico State Veterans Home 2:00pm
October 26, 2015 Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 27, 2015 Amarillo, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
October 28, 2015 Amarillo, Texas State Veterans Home 2:00pm

 

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