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VA employees adopt Veteran family for holidays

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Happy holidays from the Miami VA Healthcare System!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Nothing brings greater joy than giving back to those who have already given so much for our country. For the seventh consecutive year, Miami VA employees from various departments—including quality management, social work, human resources, nursing, public affairs, informatics, data management, Women Veterans Clinic, mental health, and the director’s office—adopted a Veteran family for the holidays. The tradition was started to express gratitude and spread holiday cheer to South Florida Veterans and their families.

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Karen Robbins, chief of Quality Management Service, right, welcomes Army Veteran Carlos Martinez, left, and his son, Sean, to a holiday lunch at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center Wednesday, Dec. 20.

“Thank you to the Miami VA”

Veteran Carlos Martinez and his three children were the guests of honor at a holiday lunch at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center Wednesday, Dec. 20. The family was showered with gifts from VA employees and treated to a delicious holiday meal.

“It’s been a rough year,” Martinez said. “This was amazing. It makes me so happy to see everything that was done for my family. Thank you to the Miami VA.”

Martinez served in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2014 and deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

“It’s such an honor to be able to give back to a Veteran family for the holidays,” said Karen Robbins, chief of Quality Management Service. “Mr. Martinez has done so much for us and our country, and this holiday event is just a small way to say thank you. The smiles on the family and children’s faces are priceless and make it all worth it. This is the best way to say happy holidays to our Veterans.”

“Happy holidays”

On behalf of the Miami VA Healthcare System, happy holidays and thank you to all of America’s Veterans. To see more photos from the holiday lunches, visit the Miami VA Facebook page.


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