Letters to the Editor — October 30, 2015

CATS grateful for support with event


Cats Around Town Society of Ocean View held their annual National Feral Cat Day cat food and monetary donation drive on Saturday, Oct. 17. We wish to thank the businesses that allowed us to set up our table in front of their place of business: Giant Food of Millville, Hocker’s Super Center and the South Coastal Library.

We will be distributing the food to our feral cat colony feeders, and the money will go toward dozens of spay/neuter operations at the SPCA. We are a small organization that is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of homeless cats in our neighborhoods. Many people stopped by on Saturday to thank us for our service to our community and for making this a better, more humane place for homeless cats to live.

Nancy Ward, Secretary
Cats Around Town Society

VA director says group wants to help


Veterans Day is a day we salute and honor those men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. It’s a day we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of our service members and their families. It’s a day we demonstrate that our gratitude toward veterans is more than mere words.

On Veterans Day, countless ceremonies are held across the country as we pause to honor those patriots who have safeguarded our liberty. We are the beneficiaries of the many soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and guardsman vigilance and determination to uphold the democratic beliefs on which our nation was founded. What better way to thank our veterans than to make sure they receive the care and support they need when they need it?

Readjusting to civilian life is not always easy for some veterans, but the staff at the Wilmington V.A. Medical Center and at our community-based outpatient clinics can help. Our professional staff are ready to assist service members by coordinating their care and guiding them to the appropriate support programs. We have specialized services and personnel ready to assist the unique needs of all veterans, regardless of their era of military service.

While this has been a challenging time for us throughout the Wilmington V.A. Medical Center, we have remained committed to our mission of providing safe, quality and compassionate care to veterans.

This commitment was recognized by the Joint Commission, which awarded full accreditation to the Wilmington V.A. Medical Center following five unannounced surveys this past year. The Joint Commission survey team recognized the Wilmington V.A. Medical Center’s culture of quality and safety, and congratulated the staff members for maintaining transparency throughout the organization.

It is our duty and privilege to provide veterans with the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice. Putting veterans first and at the center of everything we do is a duty we take very seriously.

To salute and honor the men and women who served in the armed forces on Veterans Day, please help to make sure they are receiving the services they need and deserve. If you know a veteran who needs assistance, please encourage them to enroll for V.A. health care. The enrollment process is simple and can be done simply by visiting our website at wilmington.va.gov and clicking on “Become a Patient.”

Our veterans served, and it is now our turn to serve them.

Robin C. Aube-Warren, Director
Wilmington V.A. Medical Center