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.
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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 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 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 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|