West Bay Center hosts veterans open house

Tony Kessler and Bob Piatak of the American Legion Post 572 spoke about their experiences as veterans.

West Bay Center hosted a Veteran's Open House on Thursday, August 27th. Community members as well as professionals came out to tour the dedicated unit and met with several of the veterans currently living in the facility.

The American Legion was well represented by a number of Korean and Vietnam veterans holding positions within the post. Specifically, Tony Kessler, the Commander of Post 572 and Bob Piatak, Sgt of the Guard of Post 572, talked to a number of the veterans on the dementia unit. They spoke in detail about how important it is for Veterans to have a community and offered free membership to the American Legion for current residents at the facility.

"We regularly visit some of our members in the Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky. They are appreciative to be a part of the Legion and revert to their time in the service when we salut them" stated Bob. Other members of the Legion worked together with Recreation Director, Nicole Rodriguez, to set up events and donations for the upcoming Holidays.

ViaQuest Hospice was also on hand to provide entertainment. Zach Asman, Director of Veterans Services for ViaQuest showcased his military equipment and donated a bag to one of the residents.

"I'm so happy I came here, they take such good care of me" stated one veteran to his visiting social worker from the Parma Outpatient VA Center. West Bay Center is contracted with the Veterans Administration of Cleveland and currently has over 40 veterans in the building.

Emily Abramov

Emily Abramov is the Director of Admissions and Marketing at Genesis West Bay Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015