NASHVILLE, TENN. - Tennessee State University athletics made their annual visit to the Nashville VA Medical Center on Valentine's Day with a Mardi Gras themed parade.
TSU coaches, band members and other athletic administrators showed their support by visiting veterans throughout the day on Thursday handing out beads and putting together other Mardi Gras festivities.
"The Mardi Gras Parade was very well received by both staff and patients," said TSU head golf coach Parrish McGrath. "I was surprised by the number of veterans the VA cares for, which were much younger than myself."
The Nashville VA Medical Center is one of two main campuses in the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), comprised of the Nashville and Alvin C. York Medical Centers and nine outpatient clinics. The Nashville campus offers primary, secondary and tertiary care to veterans living in middle Tennessee and Kentucky.
"If I could take one thing away from that visit it would be the pride so many of our veterans have, still wearing hats and clothing from their particular branch of service and war in which they served," McGrath continued. "Many of the VA personnel made a point to thank us for taking time to put a smile on the faces of those that have given so much to our great country."
TVHS is affiliated with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, with active residency programs in all major medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties. In addition, the Nashville campus supports a vigorous research program of over $26 million annually. The Nashville campus serves as a VHA resource for solid organ and bone marrow transplants.
The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is committed to improving the health of Veterans through a comprehensive and high quality system, which focuses on each patient's special needs.
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