A ribbon was cut Dec. 3 at that Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, opening another first-of-its-kind store within the nation’s first Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense federal health care center.
The new “Patriot’s Store” is part of the Veterans Canteen Service, and like most VCS facilities, they offer a variety of foods, goods and services to its customers. However, with the unique integrated role of the Lovell FHCC, the Patriot’s Landing also offers items specific to the needs of military members.
“For us to succeed in our mission, it was vital that we were not only offering our standard assortment of goods, but that we were offering items that were important to our military members and our Veterans,” said Kim Wasilewski, Lovell FHCC Assistant Patriots Service Chief.
At a cost of just over $100K, Wasilewski noted that the newly-renovated 1,700 square-feet of space allow them the room to offer military equipment and uniform items -- a first for any Veterans Canteen Service.
“After serving for more than 21 years with the Veterans Canteen Service, I can honestly say that this is -- by far -- the most extraordinary change I’ve ever taken part in,” said Sharon Daugherty, Lovell FHCC Patriots Service Chief.
The Veterans Canteen Service has been a part of North Chicago landscape since the service’s inception nearly 65 years ago. While there have been many updates through the years, this renovation and expansion is the largest to date.
More information about the Veterans Canteen Service can be found at www.vacanteen.va.gov.