Biloxi VA Medical Center to Host Drive & Wave Event Nov. 7
BILOXI, Miss. – In an effort to ensure Veterans at the Biloxi Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s Community Living Center can be recognized by the community, a drive and wave event has been scheduled Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. as an alternative to the typical Veterans Day parade the organization typically hosts.
The brief drive through event, scheduled to include a limited number of Biloxi-area Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s), is scheduled to wind through the Biloxi VA Medical Center campus and represents an opportunity for these organizations to show their appreciation for Veterans at the facility.
“Veterans in our CLC are some of our nation’s heroes, and providing an opportunity for the community we are so very much a part of to show their support for these men and women is important to us,” said Vernon Stewart, the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) chief of community and public affairs. “The ongoing global pandemic has caused us to shift the way we all interact, but we’re always looking for different opportunities for our Veterans to interact with their neighbors, even in a limited fashion.”
Stewart added that although this event involves the community, only a limited number of preregistered individuals will be allowed in the caravan, citing Biloxi VA Medical Center adherence to CDC recommendations.
The Biloxi VA Medical Center hosted a similar event in May which proved highly successful, according to CLC Nurse Manager Holli Bolton.
“We’re dedicated not only to providing the best care possible for our Veterans, but also ensuring their spirits remain high,” she said. “Events like this have historically proven tremendously successful in lifting our Veterans’ spirits, and we’re happy to have another opportunity for our nation’s heroes to be appreciated by the community so many of them call home.”