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Gaedeke Collecting Items for Dallas VA Medical Center
May 19, 2014
With Memorial Day right around the corner, Gaedeke Group LLC has launched a “Vet to Vet” ® campaign to benefit the Dallas VA Medical Center.
Donation boxes have been set up in the management offices of Gaedeke’s seven class A office properties in Dallas/Fort Worth. Items will be accepted until May 30. Needed items are shorts, T-shirts, underwear, sneakers, white socks and money. See www.gaedeke.com for addresses of Gaedeke’s properties in the metroplex to participate in the benefit drive.
“Memorial Day has grown exponentially beyond its original intent. It’s now an opportunity to honor all men and women who have served this country as well as the ones who gave their lives in service,” says Dan S. Yates, Southwest regional manager and green programs officer for the Dallas-based investment group. “We knew about Vet to Vet and thought this month would be a good time to do a collection for the Dallas VA Medical Center.”
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, with celebrations and commemorations staged on May 30. The name changed at the end of World War II and the date changed in 1968 with the passage of the Uniform Holidays Bill, which set aside the last Monday in May for the official celebration. The change took effect in 1971.
Gaedeke’s property management teams portfolio-wide continually look for ways to engage tenants and the community, whether it’s an in-building event or embracing local charity functions. The Vet to Vet campaign, launched in recent days, already has had an impact on tenants.
Shortly after word was put out about the donation drive, the property manager at Richland Corporate Centre in North Richland Hills received an e-mail from an employee in one of the offices.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping out the VA in Dallas and my fellow brothers and sisters,” wrote a disabled female combat veteran. “Thank you for your willingness to help my family.”
The 853-bed Dallas Medical Center, located at 4500 S. Lancaster Rd., is one of six hospitals in the VA North Texas Health Care System. The teaching and research facility has a Spinal Cord Injury Center, Domiciliary Care Program, Community Living Center with a dedicated hospice unit and the Fisher House, which provides no-cost temporary lodging for families of veterans or active duty military personnel undergoing treatment.
Vet to Vet was founded in 1994 to assist disabled veterans in transitional care and VA Hospitals. Founder Jess Johnson was a Vietnam War veteran and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves before retiring in 1999. The independent nonprofit corporation grew out of a Christmas donation of hamburgers and coffee thermoses by Johnson and his wife, Peggy, to the Dallas VA Medical Center. Today, Vet to Vet provides 4,000 gifts to 1,600 patients at Christmas and hosts other events and fundraisers throughout the year for Texas veterans.
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