The Volunteer Caregiver Support Program at the VA SORCC (Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics) matches older Veterans with volunteers who live within their community. The volunteers provide home visits and respite for their family caregivers. This program is highly impactful for Veterans as well as for volunteers.
Corinne “Corey” Tremble has been volunteering for 2-1/2 years with the VCSP Program. She is matched with two World War II homebound Veterans. She shared that she decided to volunteer with VA because her father was a Veteran and volunteering is her way of showing gratitude for the care he received at VA.
When asked about volunteering, Corey said “It makes my day!” She said we all need to give back to our Veterans, “Even if it’s just a little, to the men and women who sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom and rights.”
Each week, Corey takes a drive to see her special guys. They enjoy playing cards together, taking a walk outside, or just engaging in good conversation. When one of her Veterans was asked what he liked best about his visits with Corey, he exclaimed “Every time she comes for a visit is my favorite. That’s a nice girl there. Everything I learned about cards, I’ve learned from her.” Another Veteran’s daughter said “We love Corey! Dad really looks forward to their time together.”
Corey is just one of the 10 volunteers in the VCSP program who devotes a few