Sinclair Basketball visits with Vets

Sinclair Basketball visits with Vets

Immediate Release –Sports


September 24, 2015


Sinclair Basketball visits with Vets

Dayton, OH – Today the Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams at Sinclair’s stepped away from pre-season workouts to make their annual tip to the Dayton Veterans Affair Medical Center. 

This was the 9th straight year the Men’s team had visited the VA and the second for the Women’s team.  Both spent time with the inpatients and their families. Many of the veterans do not get many visitors and they were thankful that the team took time out of their busy schedule to come and spend time with them.

WWII POW Sergeant Charlie Krandall has taken part in several of the visits and was ready to meet this year’s new Men’s Basketball team as he was waiting outside as the team arrived.

All the players had a great time bonding with the veterans and developing a greater understanding and appreciation of our veterans and what they sacrificed to protect this country’s freedom. 

Sometimes a quick hello turned into a 15-20 minute unexpected conversation about hometowns, grandchildren or anything in between.  A great day had by all, members of both Sinclair Basketball teams left the VA with a few new friends and a new understanding of the brave people that serve this country.

The Dayton VA Medical Center proudly serves Veterans in Southwestern Ohio and Richmond, Indiana through one inpatient facility and four community based outpatient clinics. They have a proud heritage of providing high quality health care to those who have served our country since 1867. The Dayton VA is one of the three oldest VA facilities, providing continuous service to Veterans for over 140 years.

The Dayton VA Medical Center provides comprehensive health care through medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, physical & rehabilitation services, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and hospice. The Medical Center has 467 hospital beds (225 nursing home beds, 127 Acute Care beds, and 115 domiciliary beds). The medical center also has sharing agreements with Wright Patterson Air Force (military base), in the state of Ohio, and eleven (11) community hospitals. The facility is a national referral center for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It offers a wide variety of special programs as well, including a hospice unit, geriatric evaluation and management, respite care, an Alzheimer's unit, home base primary care, residential and outpatient post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse programs, as well as homeless, sleep disorder, and women's health programs.