Veterans Day contributions

Keith Sullivan, FACHE - Director, Chillicothe VA Medical Center

Dear Editor,

Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have served this great nation. Countless ceremonies take place around the country as we honor our patriots who have protected our liberty by serving in the United States armed forces.

November 11 is the designated day for our country to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Here at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, we consider every day to be Veterans Day. More than 1,400 employees – many of whom are Veterans themselves – work around the clock to provide a full spectrum of comprehensive patient and family-centered care to our Veterans. We also partner with Veteran Service Organizations, Veteran stakeholders and other community partners in numerous ways to ensure that Veterans receive the care and services they need and deserve.

We’re all living in challenging days and the Chillicothe VA Medical Center is here to assist Veterans from all war eras as they continue to make adjustments throughout their lives. We offer Veterans an array of programs and services that improve their health and quality of life, whether it’s help with quitting smoking, losing weight, transitioning back into civilian life from the military, homelessness, or tackling chronic illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure – we take care of Veterans from their discharge from service until the end of their lives. The Chillicothe VA Medical Center also provides something else that no other non-VA health care system can: a place where Veterans can embrace their journey to recovery with others who share similar military experiences and the military culture that shapes them.

At the front gates of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center you will see the saying, “The Price of Freedom is Visible Here.” As a 36-year employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, I know this statement to be true. Each Veteran has a story; a story of sacrifice, a story of overcoming obstacles, a story of pride in their service, a story of duty, and a story of love for our country. All of those stories can be seen and heard at the VA Medical Center. It’s an honor to serve these Veterans day in and day out, demonstrating our country’s gratitude for a debt we can never otherwise repay for freedom and liberty that we all enjoy.

Keith Sullivan, FACHE

Director, Chillicothe VA Medical Center