“I have been a patient at VA facilities since 2002. I’ve had the honor to have met veterans of all ages, men and women from every branch of service. I have also seen first-hand how important the services provided by the VA are to these veterans that rely on them. Beyond medical care and administration, the VA is host to a wide range of programs designed for veterans in the most critical need of assistance and dedicated to those who lack financial stability, or even a support network of family and friends. From housing needs, meals and clothing, to something as simple as a ride to an appointment, these programs are essential, and I’ve learned that many are funded from outside the operating budget. In 2017, I decided to dedicate myself to ensuring these veterans who need us most receive the help they deserve and my team and I built this foundation to do just that.”
“My father, Bill, is a Vietnam veteran. He served his country as a young man in the Army believing it was his patriotic duty. He shed blood, spilled blood and watched brothers in arms fall beside him in the Vietcong. Finally, 40 years later he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is working through his issues at the VA Hospital in Albany, NY. I am committed to this foundation with a focus on mental health treatment and suicide prevention. I want to make sure no more veterans slip through the cracks of the system and they all receive the assistance they deserve.”
“I served. Now, the VA serves me. The VA is a great organization, but they can only do so much with their limited resources. Like any military unit, the VA can’t accomplish their mission without support. That’s where VHSF comes in. The organization aims to eradicate the shortcomings of the VA system. If the support from VHSF makes just one Veteran’s experience with the VA easier, then we have accomplished what we have set out to do: provide support to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for this great nation as they navigate the VA system. I believe in the Veterans Hospital Support Foundation."
Addison "Addie"VHSF Mascot
Wil's family rescued Addison on Veteran's Day, She was originally named Scout as a tribute to Veterans, but her adopted name fit her loving demeanor better.