McDonnell Volunteers for Vets
Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell observed Veterans Day yesterday by volunteering at the Richmond Fisher House. .
The Fisher House Foundation provides living quarters for families of wounded veterans, who want to remain close to their loved ones during their recovery. The Governor and First Lady helped prepare food yesterday at the Richmond Fisher House, located at the Richmond Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Governor McDonnell says while Veterans Day is only one day a year, there are small gestures Virginians can make year-round that make a difference to local servicemen and women and their families, from volunteering at veterans’ shelters or the new Richmond USO, to mailing care packages.
McDonnell: The very least is one, pray for the veterans and for their safety now, those that are in harm’s way, and two, if you see a veteran at an airport, just go up to him and say, ‘Thanks, I appreciate what you’re doing for your country.’
First Lady Maureen McDonnell said help with everyday domestic needs makes a big difference to military families.
Maureen McDonnell: There are moms that are out there that are trying to take care of the children, they’re being everything 24-7; we could easily call up and say, 'the leaves are falling, can I come down and help you rake the leaves?' Or 'I just want you to know I’m here, call me if you need me.'
Governor McDonnell set a goal early in his term to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. He says he will continue to build on the progress he’s made toward this goal last session with a new set of legislative proposals in January.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Richmond