Dedicated Detroit VA Volunteer Honored - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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Dedicated Detroit VA Volunteer Honored

Helen Kushnir in the office and the Talons Out Michigan - Honor Flight Helen Kushnir poster.

Helen Kushnir has served as a volunteer with the Detroit VA since 1978, and has donated nearly 6,000 hours of service to our Veteran patients.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A treasured Detroit VA Healthcare System volunteer was one of more than two dozen original ‘Rosie the Riveters’, recently honored in Washington D.C.

On March 22nd, Helen Kushnir flew to the nation’s capital as part of the program. The event was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, Talons Out Honor Flight and The Yankee Air Museum. The goal was to celebrate the contributions of these ladies. The ‘Rosies, ages 88 to 98, were treated to a visit to the World War II Memorial and a special luncheon in their honor at the Library of Congress with members of Congress from Michigan.

The original Rosie the Riveter poster and the Congressional Record from the House of Representatives honoring Women who served during WWII.

‘Rosie the Riveters’ entered the war in unprecedented numbers while men went off to fight.

Helen Kushnir has served as a volunteer with the Detroit VA since 1978, and has donated nearly 6,000 hours of service to our Veteran patients.

“This was a fantastic honor for Helen and all of the Rosies,” said William Browning, Detroit VA Chief of Volunteer and Community Relations. “American women entered the war effort in unprecedented numbers while men went off to fight. For area ladies, it was the Ford Willow Run plant, producing bombers.”

The Rosies visit the World War II Memorial at the Library of Congress with members of Congress from Michigan.

The ‘Rosies', ages 88 to 98, were treated to a visit to the World War II Memorial and a special luncheon in their honor at the Library of Congress.

“Our country, our medical center, is so grateful to Helen for all she has done!”

For more information on ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and the war effort, click here: https://media.ford.com/content/dam/fordmedia/North%20America/US/2016/03/22/CFPR-00299_WillowRunWomenInfographic1_MB_C02LR.pdf.

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