Meet Our VA Program Manager: Leslie Scott
July 16, 2015
Aside from writing an unbelievable amount of letters to deployed soldiers, angel Leslie Scott is a BIG part of what we do here at Soldiers’ Angels. Leslie is our VA Program Manager. She supports all of Soldiers’ Angels VA Reps that do not have a Service Area Director or Manager.
Here’s more about Leslie and what she does with Soldiers’ Angels.
How did you get involved with Soldiers’ Angels?
I started with SA in November of 2006 when my husband was serving on Active Duty. Since then I’ve held various positions to include: Adoptions Team Leader, Letter Writing Team Leader, Deployed Support Team Program Manager, and now VA Program Manager.
Why is the support Soldiers’ Angels provides so important?
Our service members, Veterans and their families expect to hear and receive encouragement from those closest to them, but it’s also crucial for them to hear those same things from those outside that inner circle. They sacrifice for EVERYONE, not just those closest to them so it really re-enforces to them that the hardships are worth it to hear it from an un-expected source.
What’s one word that describes the organization?
Did you serve or has anyone in your family served?
I was unable to serve to do my physical disability, however, my husband served for 17 years, our first 5 years of married life was spent as an active duty family.
Tell us about one of your favorite moments as a volunteer for Soldiers’ Angels:
Oh gosh, there are so many! I think the most profound for me was last year, after supporting a soldier thru a VERY rough deployment, he got home and called me out of the blue, just to tell me that would always be grateful to me for everything. He told me that he had thought about giving up a lot and that my e-mails, letters and packages no matter how small kept him going.
To this day he’s like a member of our family.
What do you have planned in the future for the VA Hospitals you serve?
I’m hoping to help add some VA Reps here in my home state of Pennsylvania as well as to continue to help the overall VA Program grow. There’s a lot of great work to be done, but we have an amazing team with huge hearts. They say it takes a Village to make things happen, I personally think we have a pretty awesome Village!
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