VA TO Host Baby Showers for Veterans Welcoming New Babies


VA TO Host Baby Showers for Veterans Welcoming New Babies

by Debbie Gregory

In conjunction with a number of national organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting the first nationwide baby shower for veterans and caregivers welcoming new babies in 2018.

Partners who provided valuable and generous contributions to the success of the baby showers include:
• The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
• Philips
• Veterans Canteen Service
• The American Legion
• The Carrying On Project
• Burt’s Bees Baby
• The Red Cross
• The Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Halo
• First Quality Enterprises

Sixty VA medical centers across the U.S. will host the event, which run from May 5th to the 16th, which will celebrate the joyous occasion with more than 2,400 new parents and parents-to- be. While open to both male and female veterans welcoming babies this year, the idea is to put a spotlight on the key services that the VA offers women.
Attendees will receive two new baby packages with useful gifts for parents-to-be. Besides providing helpful resources for veteran caregivers provided by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, kits will include baby products from Philips, as well as a diaper bag, hair brush and comb set, bib, layette, blanket, hat, and toiletries.
A number of bigger ticket items, including car seats and cribs, will be given out at each shower. If you would like to sponsor a kit for a deserving veteran family, just $50 will allow you to purchase a new baby kit to be distributed at a local Baby Shower. The sweet and sensible new baby package contains a variety of useful baby products. The kit includes:

A Peekaboo diaper bag
Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, lotion, and baby powder
Mint color 30″x 40″ waffle cotton receiving blanket, white 2 ply 100% cotton infant beanie
Four pack of baby wash cloths
Silicone bib

100% cotton infant layette

Baby brush and comb set

Go to to purchase a gift that says,
“Thank you for your service” and congratulations from a grateful nation.