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(VAVS) Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service

The Forty & Eight, as are most Veterans Organizations, is an active member and participant in the VAVS program.  As part of this program, Voyageurs (called Deputy Representatives) visit the Veteran Administration Medical Centers on a regular basis, where they give comfort and assistance to, or just visit with, the hospitalized veterans.  The Forty & Eight has adopted an additional program for these veterans, called “Keep Those Wheelchairs Rolling.”  Under this program, the VAVS Representative writes a brief letter outlining a “need” of the patients.  These “needs” may cover a project, equipment or comfort and convenience items needed by the hospitalized veterans.  The entries are then judged on the need and benefit to the patients, and those selected receive the item(s) requested, courtesy of the National Box Car Association.