Giving Back to the VA Community
VCS is proud to be a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are a self-sustaining entity providing merchandise and services to Veterans enrolled in VA’s Health Care system, their families, caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. We are honored to “give back” to the VA through many programs established for the health and well-being of our nation’s heroes. Revenues generated from VCS are used to support a variety of programs such as: VA’s Rehabilitation Games, Fisher Houses, Poly-Trauma Centers for OIF/OEF/OND Veterans, disaster relief efforts, VA’s Homelessness initiatives, Women Veterans, Veteran Suicide Prevention and other activities.
National Rehabilitation Games:
Sponsors of all 6 VA’s National Rehabilitation Games (Winter Sports Clinic, Golden Age Games, Wheelchair Games, TEE Tournament, Summer Sports Clinic and Creative Arts Festival). In addition to our annual monetary donations, we send a support team to each event and hand out goodie bags to Veteran participants. VCS proudly supports the Games as they promote wellness, rehabilitation, and camaraderie among the Veteran athletes.
Supports VA Fisher Houses across the country by providing coupons to first-time visiting families and being their purchasing source for supplies and necessities.
Reducing/Eliminating Veteran Homelessness:
Partners with VA to reduce and/or eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing the following: coupons to Veterans being placed into housing, free meal to homeless Veterans at their first VA appointment, employment opportunities with both VCS and our vendor partners, and facilitating donations from our vendor partners.
Supports OIF/OEF Veterans by providing assistance to Poly-Trauma Centers and providing coupons for VCS purchases.
The VA/VCS Emergency Mobile Food Unit provides support for Department of Veterans Affairs response teams deployed under emergency conditions. These units will be strategically located around the country and available to emergency areas to provide food support and other food services to staff and patients.
One of VA/VHA’s major initiatives is to ensure preparedness to meet emergent national needs, and the VCS is proud to support this initiative and currently has four mobile food units ready to deploy for any emergency that would arise.
Sustainability (“Going Green”):
Part of our vision is to be an environmentally friendly organization, and we have made several changes to our internal business processes and practices to become more sustainable. We have implemented the following “going green” initiatives:
- Selling reusable shopping bags in our stores
- Using retail plastic bags made from recycled product
- Offering reusable coffee mugs and cold cups in our stores and cafes
- Using paper coffee cups made from recycled product
- Using napkins made from recycled product
- Selling energy efficient light bulbs in our stores
- Recycling used cooking oil in our cafes
- Trash compactors to reduce labor and save plastic trash bags from entering waste streams and landfills