Become an In-Home Respite Volunteer - Syracuse VA Medical Center
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Syracuse VA Medical Center


Become an In-Home Respite Volunteer

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Roy Bates supports those who served by volunteering in the In-Home Respite Volunteer program at Syracuse VA.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Syracuse VA’s In-Home Respite Caregiver Support Program is in need of volunteers. Volunteers in this program visit with a Veteran in their home while their caregiver gets some “worry free time away”. A volunteer visit takes about 2-4 hours once a week.

One volunteer in this program is Roy Bates, a Navy Veteran. Roy has been volunteering with the Syracuse VA Medical Center since 2013 and has over 287 hours of voluntary service. He aides families in Herkimer, Oneida, and Otsego Counties.

Roy enjoys volunteering in the program and spending time with Veterans. He said his visits usually consist of, “simple card games, checkers, a few games of 8-ball, and just relaxing.”

“It's very satisfying to keep Veterans company,” he added.

Anyone interested in volunteering with VA as an In-Home Respite Caregiver Support Volunteer, please contact Lisa Gualtieri at 315-425-4315 or e-mail



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