Hospital V.A.V.S & Community Nursing Home 2016-2017

                                                              Mercie-Hospital                                                                     Debbie Gard-co chair hospital

                           Mercie Woolfolk, Chairman                       Deborah Gard Co-Chairman

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 Hospital program, daily the price paid for freedom is visible among our hospitalized Veterans  In this “Believe Belong  Because” year, we celebrate 70 years of service in the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS), and over 100 years that the VFW Auxiliary members have been volunteering in hospitals and medical centers.

I am the Hospital Program Chairman, VAVS Representative at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, and a Past Department President along with years of services in other capacities. In 1998, I joined the VFW Auxiliary under the eligibility of my husband Royal, a Vietnam Veteran.

Working alongside me is Debbie Gard, who has been a member since 1968. She joined the VFW Auxiliary under the eligibility of her father, L. Francis Hays, a Korean War Veteran. Debbie is the Department Hospital Co-Chairman, VAVS Representative at Illiana VA Medical Center as was her late mother Doris Hays. She has also held many offices at both the Auxiliary and District levels. Currently, she is the President of VFW Auxiliary Post 9961 in Bourbonnais, IL.

With monetary and non-monetary donations and other services given to our Veterans, we believe these are the best ways we can say, “We Love You and Thank You.” Volunteering has always been a large part of both of our lives. We are counting on your continued participation in (1) Volunteer Service in Medical Facilities, (2) Volunteer Recruitment & Recognition, (3) Veterans Voices Writing Project and (4) Military Suicide Awareness.



We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen's Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe 


2016-17 Department Hospital Program

2016-17 Department VAVS Hospital Report Form   ONLINE Reporting form see link above      

2016-2017 VAVS Monthly Report Form

2016-17 National Hospital Program     

2016-17 National Hospital Ambassador

Hospital Assignments Revised 6/26/16

Hospital Program VAVS Guide

NAC Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Application for Auxiliary Hospital Sewing Pins



Hospital Wish Lists

Homeless Veterans Wish List

Illianna Wish List                              

Hines Wish List 8/16/14

Hines Fisher House

LaSalle Wish List

Manteno Charitable Contributions

Manteno Veterans Wish List

Marion Wish List                        

Quincy Wish List


July 2016                       Hines                        Illiana         Jefferson Barraks

                                      Jessie Brown            Lovell         Manteno


September 2016           Anna                          Hines         Illiana

                                      LaSalle                      Lovell        Manteno

November 2016            Hines                         Illiana        Manteno

                                      Marion                      Jefferson Barraks

                                     Jessie Brown  

January 2016               North Chicago            Hines              Illiana

                                     Jefferson Barraks      Jessie Brown   Manteno

                                     Marrion                       Madison


March 2017                   Hines                         Illianna             Jefferson Barraks

                                      Jessie Brown             Manteno          Marion