Re-Creation, USA

• Re-Creation, USA is an enthusiastic troupe of talented young volunteer performers. Help Hospitalized Veterans is proud to help sponsor their tours.

• The troupe provides near-daily variety stage shows at VA medical centers and veterans nursing homes nationwide.

• Founded in 1976 by Hugh Brooks, Re-Creation began touring for the USO and Veterans Affairs medical centers soon after. Today, the troupe performs more than 300 shows annually, touring VA facilities in all 50 states.

• Performances range from variety-show song and dance to classic childhood music. To hospitalized patients, this live entertainment provides tremendous therapeutic value.

• The dedication of these young people, as they lift the spirits of America’s hospitalized veterans, is truly inspiring.

 

A Wonderful Reminder…

At a recent tour of the northwest United States included a performance at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. It was a typical day for our cast—unloading, setting up, visiting individual rooms and wards, and then presenting the show. The performance area, a dining room, was packed with wheelchairs as well as more ambulatory folks – even standing in the back!

It’s easy to get accustomed to those typical “reports” from the group.

Then we received this note:

“Your group happened to be performing at a Veteran’s Home. My dad was in his last hours on this earth and your wonderful people came in and sang at his bedside. It moved me so much. It was as if they were God’s Angels, welcoming him home. He passed away an hour following their performance. It is a memory I’ll treasure forever and never forget.” (name withheld for privacy)

Wow. Far from a typical day or typical report.

It was a marvelous reminder of the real impact that Re-Creation has on real people at a real level. Far too often we have heard that our young ambassadors can be the only people from the outside that veteran residents and patients see in those kinds of circumstances this family member so graciously shared.

HHV’s support…your support…continues that kind of impact and presence everywhere our young people entertain. And everywhere they visit.

To learn more about Re-Creation click here.

Following is Re-Creation’s schedule of upcoming VA and state veterans home performances. If you would like to attend a VA show, please contact either the Recreation Therapy or Voluntary Services department of your local facility for details. For nursing home performances ask for the Activities Department. Dates and times may change without notice.

Month of April

Date Performance Locations Time
April 1, 2015 Bossier City, Louisiana State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 2, 2015 Alexandria, Louisiana VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 4, 2015 Reserve, Louisiana State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 6, 2015 Jennings, Louisiana State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 7, 2015 Jackson, Louisiana State Veterans Home 10:30am
April 8, 2015 Floresville, Texas State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 9, 2015 Kerrville, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 10, 2015 San Antonio, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 12, 2015 Houston, Texas VA Medical Center 7:00pm
April 13, 2015 Temple, Texas VA Medical Center 7:00pm
April 14, 2015 Waco, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 15, 2015 Big Spring, Texas VA Medical Center 1:00pm
April 16, 2015 Dallas, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 17, 2015 Bonham, Texas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 18, 2015 Ardmore, Oklahoma State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 20, 2015 Muskogee, Oklahoma VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 21, 2015 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 22, 2015 Lawton, Oklahoma State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 23, 2015 Clinton, Oklahoma State Veterans Home 2:00pm
April 24, 2015 Wichita, Kansas VA Medical Center 2:00pm
April 27, 2015 Topeka, Kansas VA Medical Center 10:30am
April 28, 2015 Leavenworth, Kansas VA Medical Center 7:00pm

Month of May

Date Performance Locations Time
May 2, 2015 Mexico, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 3, 2015 Cameron, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 4, 2015 Kansas City, Missouri VA Medical Center 10:30am
May 5, 2015 Warrensburg, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 6, 2015 Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center 10:30am
May 7, 2015 Saint James, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 8, 2015 Saint Louis, Missouri State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 11, 2015 Detroit, Michigan VA Medical Center 2:00pm
May 12, 2015 Grand Rapids, Michigan State Veterans Home 2:00pm
May 13, 2015 Saginaw, Michigan VA Medical Center 2:00pm
May 14, 2015 Battle Creek, Michigan VA Medical Center 2:00pm
May 15, 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan VA Medical Center 2:00pm
May 18, 2015 Cleveland, Ohio VA Medical Center 7:00pm
May 19, 2015 Sandusky, Ohio State Veterans Home 10:30am

Month of June

Date Performance Locations Time
June 3, 2015 North Chicago, Illinois VA Medical Center 6:30pm
June 4, 2015 Milwaukee, Wisconsin VA Medical Center 2:00pm
June 5, 2015 Union Grove, Wisconsin State Veterans Home 2:00pm
June 8, 2015 Tomah, Wisconsin VA Medical Center 10:00am
June 9, 2015 King, Wisconsin State Veterans Home 2:00pm
June 10, 2015 Iron Mountain, Michigan VA Medical Center 2:00pm
June 11, 2015 Marquette, Michigan State Veterans Home 2:00pm
June 12, 2015 Silver Bay, Minnesota State Veterans Home 2:00pm
June 15, 2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota VA Medical Center 7:00pm
June 16, 2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota State Veterans Home 2:00pm
June 17, 2015 Saint Cloud, Minnesota VA Medical Center 2:00pm

 

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