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VA Voluntary Service (VAVS)
The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes. VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) works to provide supplemental assistance to hospital staff through the use of caring volunteers and donors.

Red Coat Ambassador Program

The Red Coat Ambassadors provide Veterans, their families, and guests a good positive first impression of the hospital, but their outreach goes far beyond a simple greeting; they will offer information to Veterans, give directions or personally escort Veterans to their appointments, arrange cart transportation on campus, and provide a compassionate and respectful listening ear for Veterans.

Volunteer Now!
Would you like more information about the Red Coat Ambassadors or other volunteer opportunities?  Visit the VA Voluntary Service website or call (801) 584-1241 and a VAVS representative will answer your questions.  Let us provide you with more information regarding your interest in serving America’s veterans.
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Other Ways to Help!
You'd like to help but you don't have the time to volunteer at our Medical Center? VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) recognizes the special needs of our veterans and their families. VA has authority to accept monetary donations, in addition to gift certificates, discount cards, various gift cards, vouchers, etc.  Learn more about the other ways you can help.

VAVS Veterans Wish List
You can view the 2018 VAVS Veterans Wish List by clicking here.

What kind of volunteers does the VA need?
Here is a list of volunteer opportunities at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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If you'd like information about Veterans Transportation, contact us: 


2018 VA Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Ride Schedules. Some routes provide wheelchair accessibility, contact the VTS / DAV offices for more information.


VA Voluntary Service Facts
Founded in 1946 to provide for our nation's veterans while they are cared for by VA health care facilities.
One of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the Federal government.
Over 350 organizations support VAVS.
Volunteers have provided over 708 million hours of service since 1946.

Community Assistance
Assist veteran patients by augmenting staff end of life care programs, foster care, community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, and veteran outreach centers

VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to America's veterans and to VA. Please join the VAVS family and make a difference in the lives of America's heroes.

Belinda Karabatsos
Manager, Voluntary Service Office
(801) 584-1241


VA Voluntary Service Office
500 Foothill Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah 84148



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