VA staff bring song and dance to Veteran residents - Cheyenne VA Medical Center
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VA staff bring song and dance to Veteran residents

Jennifer Goodman, Associate Chief Nurse of Long-term Care at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC), dances with Pearl Harbor Survivor Roland Thomas at the Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 14, 2020.

Jennifer Goodman, Associate Chief Nurse of Long-term Care at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC), dances with Pearl Harbor Survivor Roland Thomas at the Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 14, 2020.

By Sam House, Public Affairs Officer
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Let’s face it; the lull between Christmas and Memorial Day can cause boredom for many Veterans confined to a nursing facility. With all the holiday hubbub between Thanksgiving and Christmas, returning to normalcy can be difficult, especially when visits from family and friends taper off. That’s where Valentine’s Day comes in. Valentine’s Day helps to break up the monotony—not just for the Veterans—but also for the staff.

Over the past several years, a dedicated and diverse group of staff, family and volunteers have come together to bless our Veterans over Valentine’s Day, and this year was particularly special for two Veterans and their wives who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. With the help of our recreation therapist, nurses, and volunteers, the resident dining room at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC) was transformed on Feb. 14, into a dance hall—complete with a stage and live band.  The festive décor of streamers and paper hearts welcomed the visitors and residents.

Jennifer Goodman, Associate Chief Nurse of Long-term Care, said Valentine’s Day provides a memorable opportunity for nurses in the CLC. “Best Valentine’s Day Ever,” Goodman wrote on her personal Facebook page.  “Dancing with a Pearl Harbor Survivor at the CLC Valentine’s Party.” The fact is, Valentine’s Day was a full-blown celebration at the Cheyenne VA, where Food and Nutrition services provided a classic meal of baked chicken and lasagna, and the local Jr. ROTC provided hospitality services. Nurses and nurses’ aides stepped in to boogie with those Veterans whose families were unable to attend.

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center is proud to have such a wonderful group of volunteers and dedicated staff that provided Veterans with the best care throughout the year.

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