Gillibrand, Girl Scouts, visit vets at Castle Point


WAPPINGER – Vets at the Castle Point VA hospital
got a visit from Girl Scouts Casey Dickeson, 13, from Poughquag, and RhiannonSchultz,
13, from LaGrange, who were joined Sunday by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Kirsten Gillibrand, with Girl Scouts Rhiannon Schultz and Casey

The week of February 14 each year is National Salute to Veteran Patients
Week. Gillibrand and the Girl Scouts participated in a Valentines for
Veterans event at Castle Point.
The visit was an opportunity to thank the vets for their service, said Gillibrand, who is a member of the Armed Services Committee.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to be grateful for all the work these Veterans have done,” Gillibrand said.
The two girls are members of Lagrangeville Girl Scout Troop 10164; between
the two of them they made a dozen or so cards.
“We made these Valentines and we put little lollipops on them,” Dickeson said, explaining their role in the day’s events.
Schultz came to thank the vets.
“We’re handing out Valentines to Veterans because they need to be remembered,” Schultz said.
“It’s very nice,” Marine Corps veteran Neil Heine, said about the Valentines event. “We’ve got a couple of events a year during the holidays. There’s been a lot of people coming. It makes us feel good.”
The event was an opportunity for the public to become more aware of the local VA medical centers.
There are more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. armed services cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes. 

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