Benefiting Troops and Veterans in VA Hospitals

"It is the generosity and thoughtfulness of caring organizations such as yours that provide many of the supplementary items, activities and services that would not otherwise be available to our veterans. We are most grateful." - Donna Ruthwicz, Chief, Voluntary Service (Providence VA Medical Center)

Who We Are and What We Do

Soldiers' Angels is one of the few nonprofit agencies approved to work within VA Hospitals and Medical Centers. As deployments continue to draw down, our team is shifting many of our resources to support a growing veteran population. While many organizations are only focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Soldiers’ Angels supports veterans of all generations.

Soldiers’ Angels staff and volunteers are able to coordinate events and activities, organize corporate partner participation, visit patients and approve volunteers to join the VA support program.

Services include:

  • Patient visits, which includes distribution of comfort items, to include blankets, hygiene kits, clothing, magazines, and recreational items.
  • Bi-weekly or monthly luncheons or dinners are organized to bring the veteran patients together and offer them a taste of home with a warm meal and friendly volunteer interaction.  These may include movie night themed meals, holiday meal events, Thanksgiving dinner, and summer outdoor BBQ's
  • Box lunches are provided to VA Medical Center staff to pass out to homeless or low income veterans who may not be able to otherwise provide their next meal.
  • Stand Down support - VA Medical Centers organize “Stand Downs” to bring VA services to homeless veterans in the community.  VA staff bring medical and dental expertise and Soldiers’ Angels brings meals, hygiene, clothing and other requested items to provide support to these veterans and help encourage homeless veteran participation.
  • Break Room Stocking - Soldiers’ Angels volunteers stock the break rooms at many VA Medical Centers so patients and family members have a plentiful supply of snacks, cereal bars, quick meals, coffee, etc. 
  • Wish List Fulfillment - Each VA has unique needs for their veterans.  Soldiers’ Angels fulfills these “wish lists” through donor partners and volunteer efforts.  Soldiers’ Angels has fulfilled wish lists, which have included coffee pots for break rooms, wireless internet for patient rooms and waiting rooms, bikes, bike racks, landscaping and even renovating and replacing patios and courtyards.

How You Can Help

You can become an Angel and volunteer with Soldiers' Angels at a facility near you! Please use the contact form on this page for more information on getting involved in this unique opportunity. Volunteers will be required to complete a formal application and complete a background check. A screening process is in place for your safety and the safety of our veterans.

If you aren't close to a facility and still want to help, consider a cash contribution or inkind donations of items such as blankets, snacks, hygiene items, socks, t-shirts and sweat pants. To ship items to support our veterans, please contact us so we may direct your contribution to the best possible site.

If you need more information, please use the contact form on this page.

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Impact

I want to thank everyone involved with Soldiers' Angels, as you have donated a ton of coffee to many thankful Residents and Alumni of the PRRP/PTSD Residential Treatment Program at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York. I don't think you could have picked a more appropriate gift for some very deserving Veterans. As President of the local PTSD Veterans Association, I send you all my thanks and best wishes for the coming Holidays.Hutch Dubosque, President, PTSD Veterans Association of Northport, Inc.

Thank you for all you do!  Because of you, my dad--a Vietnam Veteran--will be proudly wearing an Army jacket for the first time in 40 years! He was not treated well when he came home in his Army Green Beret in 1968! You Angels have changed his mind!  He's proud to wear Army Green again without being made to feel unwanted!  God Bless You! - An Army Daughter

Without your support we could not provide for the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. Your thoughtfulness also reflects the concern and compassion that our community feels for our veterans. – William Dove, Tacoma VA Medical Center

Today was quite an emotional experience for me.  Visiting with those vets, hearing their stories and knowing they did it all for my freedom was very, very special to me. - Susan Cookus, Soldiers' Angels Deputy Representative at Little Rock VA Hospital