Monday, December 03, 2018
BJC | BJC veterans and active military members shared stories and photos, enjoyed meals together and even found a way to serve others while being honored at the BJC Red, White and Thank You Veterans Day celebrations held across the organization, Nov. 9.
Guest speakers, live music and opportunities to support fellow veterans highlighted events held throughout the day at BJC hospitals and the BJC Learning Institute.
Even as they were being recognized for their service, attendees continued that service by bringing donations of food and personal care items, totaling three pallet loads, to support military members and their families served by the Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry.
"I'd like to recognize all BJC employees who helped make this another successful drive," says Al McQueen, BJC supply chain central operations director. "Special thanks to clinical asset management for the use of a box truck to deliver the items. This was, by far, the largest delivery so far. The event is getting bigger every year."
See below to browse additional photos taken at the events.
For more information about the BJC Veterans Connection group or to receive news and activity information, email Troy Compardo, BJC supply chain regional operations director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Al McQueen, BJC supply chain central operations director, email@example.com.
Diversity and inclusion are a big part of BJC’s identity, and an important step to inclusiveness is connecting with and understanding one another. To learn more about BJC Connections groups and how to get involved, visit www.bjc.org/BJC-Connections.
Veterans Connection volunteers serve other vets
United by the bond of service to their country, BJC Veterans Connection group volunteers spent a recent Saturday morning giving back to others and proving that their commitment to service didn’t end with their service in uniform.
In only four hours, 35 BJC Veterans Connection volunteers, along with friends and family, had a tremendous impact on Missouri Veterans Endeavor (MOVE-STL), an organization that provides housing to 40 veterans who were recently homeless or at risk of homelessness and their dependents.
MOVE-STL provides 21 apartments and, even more importantly, a path toward rebuilding the hope residents need to achieve a better future.
This was the third year of the BJC Veterans Connection’s volunteer support for MOVE-STL.
The volunteers’ accomplishments included:
The BJC veterans, their families and friends also benefitted from the morning of service. Events such as this one sponsored by the BJC Veterans Connection group build camaraderie among BJC veterans while reinvigorating the sense of purpose that comes from serving the country, through continued service with BJC.
In addition to the annual MOVE-STL volunteer project and the annual Veterans Day celebration, other BJC Veterans Connection initiatives include a recent collection and distribution of goods for new mothers at Jefferson Barracks and a guest speaker from WWII presenting to the group.
For more information about the BJC Veterans Connection, visit https://www.bjc.org/VeteransConnection.
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