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.

    September 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    September 9, 2016 Anchorage, Alaska VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 10, 2016 Palmer, Alaska State Veterans Home 1:30pm
    September 14, 2016 Orting, Washington State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    September 15, 2016 American Lake, Washington VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 16, 2016 Seattle, Washington VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 19, 2016 Vancouver, Washington VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 20, 2016 Portland, Oregon VA Medical Center 1:00pm
    September 21, 2016 The Dalles, Oregon State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    September 22, 2016 Roseburg, Oregon VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 23, 2016 White City, Oregon VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 24, 2016 Redding, California State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    September 26, 2016 Boise, Idaho VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 26, 2016 Boise, Idaho State Veterans Home 7:00pm
    September 28, 2016 Walla Walla, Washington VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    September 29, 2016 Spokane, Washington VA Medical Center 10:30am
    September 30, 2016 Spokane, Washington State Veterans Home 2:00pm

    October 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    October 1, 2016 Columbia Falls, Montana State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 3, 2016 Glendive, Montana State Veterans Home 2:30pm
    October 4, 2016 Miles City, Montana VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 5, 2016 Sheridan, Wyoming VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 6, 2016 Hot Springs, South Dakota State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 6, 2016 Hot Springs, South Dakota VA Medical Center 7:00pm
    October 8, 2016 Scottsbluff, Nebraska State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 10, 2016 Cheyenne, Wyoming VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 11, 2016 Grand Island, Nebraska VA Medical Center 1:30pm
    October 11, 2016 Grand Island, Nebraska State Veterans Home 7:00pm
    October 12, 2016 Omaha, Nebraska VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 13, 2016 Norfolk, Nebraska State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 14, 2016 Lincoln, Nebraska VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 15, 2016 Bellevue, Nebraska State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 17, 2016 Cameron, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 18, 2016 Leavenworth, Kansas VA Medical Center 7:00pm
    October 19, 2016 Topeka, Kansas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 20, 2016 Kansas City, Missouri VA Medical Center 10:30am
    October 21, 2016 Warrensburg, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:30pm
    October 24, 2016 Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center 10:30am
    October 25, 2016 Mexico, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 26, 2016 St. James, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 27, 2016 Poplar Bluff, Missouri VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    October 28, 2016 Cape Girardeau, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
    October 31, 2016 St. Louis, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm

    November 2016

    Date Performance Locations Time
    November 1, 2016 St. Louis, Missouri VA Medical Center 2:00pm
    November 2, 2016 Quincy, Illinois State Veterans Home 10:30am
    November 3, 2016 Danville, Illinois VA Medical Center 2:00pm

     

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