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May 17, 2013
Jeff Smith, Administrator, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (402) 595-2180 or
Audrey Hester, Administrative Assistant, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home, (402) 591-4954 or
Bill Wiley, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-6585 or
Volunteer Recognition Held at Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home
Bellevue - The 6th Annual Volunteer Recognition event was a big success simply because 795 dedicated volunteers donated 16,872 hours of service to the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home in 2012.
The program started out with an enjoyable hour of music and singing provided by two women known as Deja Blu.  Certificates of Achievement were presented by Jeff Smith, ENVH administrator, who shook hands with each volunteer and personally thanked them for making a difference in the lives of the members.   
One group of volunteers referred to as “The Smith Family” has conducted a monthly bingo session every third Saturday night for the last six years at ENVH and 25 years while at the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home in Omaha.  In appreciation for their dedication, they received a certificate thanking them specifically for their long-term service.  
As one attendee stated, “I thought your program Saturday was the best yet.   From the Deja Blu entertainment to the great food, everything was a class act. I especially thought the personalized wording on the certificates was a nice touch.” 
The staff of ENVH recognize the personal contributions of the many volunteers who make a difference every day at ENVH.  They truly “help people live better lives” and cannot be thanked enough.
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Pictured left to right: SSgt Mark Phillips from the 55th Contracting Squadron stationed at Offutt Air Force Base receives a Certificate of Achievement for Volunteering at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home from Jeff Smith, ENVH Administrator