Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center residents visit Pine Mountain Ski Jump
National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is underway. To celebrate this, residents at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, in Iron Mountain, got a preview of this year's Continental Cup at Pine Mountain Ski Jump.
"It's a wonderful event that actually is based on the honor and recognition that symbolizes the salute in the military world,” said Katie Maxon, the chief of voluntary service at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Throughout the week, patients in the hospital are receiving presents and getting out in the community for some fun activities. On Thursday, the veterans visited the Pine Mountain Ski Jump.
It was too windy, and cold for the jumpers to go off the ski jump, but the veterans did actually get to meet some of the coaches.
All events are possible because of volunteers.
"I like to get involved with a lot of these because a lot of problems I have, that I can communicate with the veterans here,” Carl Krenn, a volunteer at the hospital.
Krenn, has been a volunteer for 5 years, and says he enjoys getting the residents out of the hospital.
"The veterans feel really good, like today a lot of them just like to get out of here, just get out, have fresh air, and see people,” he said.
For some, seeing Pine Mountain was a new experience.
"You know, I've seen this on television, but I've never really seen it, so it's like awesome. I can't believe how tall it is, it's great,” said Dan Huffman, a patient and veteran at the hospital.
The staff takes a lot of pride in their work and say they are blessed to serve veterans.
"We have a tremendously great, team of people, they love taking care of the veterans, and it's a great job,” said the recreation assistant, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, Heather LaPalm,
To keep events like this happening, the VA is always looking for volunteers or donations.