Grand Island VA Medical Center - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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Grand Island VA Medical Center

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The Grand Island VA Medical Center includes a Community Living Center, Residential Substance Abuse Unit and a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.

Parking:  Free on premises

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Community Living Center

The Community Living Center is a 65-bed facility.  Services provided by the Community Living Center include extended care, rehabilitation, geriatric care, palliative care, respite care, supportive/restorative and long-term care, and general nursing home care.  

Community-Based Outpatient Clinic


  • Primary care services for veterans in the Grand Island area
  • Some specialty care
  • Mental Health services including residential substance abuse treatment unit
  • Handicapped Accessible: full and easy access for all Veterans.
  • Personal Care: Highly qualified primary care providers, most specialty care referrals to the VA in Omaha.
  • Laboratory: Blood drawing services available.
  • Prescriptions: Routine prescriptions processed through the mail or My HealtheVet.

Grand Island VA Local Creative Arts Competition

Visual Art and Creative Writing entries will be displayed during the 2021 Nebraska State Fair August 27th-September 6th in the Nebraska Building at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE. The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. There are also categories in creative writing which include poetry, personal essays, short stories, and scripts and include a special category for written work related to military experience. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded and placed on winning entries on Sunday, August 29th. Participants do not need to be present to win. Winners of the local competition will be notified by telephone during the week of August 30th.

Click here to access the Creative Arts Festival Brochure.

Interested in Participating?

Veterans interested in participating must be enrolled to receive care at a central/western Nebraska VA location prior to entering the competition. Veterans are welcome to submit entries in up to 3 separate categories. An individual entry form and signed consent is required for each category submission. All submissions must meet category requirements listed in the entry packets. Entry forms can be found below:

Art Division Entry form

Creative Writing Division Entry form

*all creative writing entries must be sent electronically to the email address provided on the form*

Deadline for all submissions and entry forms: Friday, August 13, 2021

For questions, please contact the Grand Island VA Creative Arts Committee Chair, Alicia Wicht at 308-395-3404 or e-mail

The National Competition 

Photographs of all local first-place winning entries in each Art Category and electronic copies of all first-place winning entries in each Creative Writing Category will be submitted to the National Competition for judging. The National Veterans Creative Arts competition judging phase will occur in October and November 2021. National competition winners will be contacted by the VA Creative Arts Chair in late December. All other National participants will be mailed detailed instructions on when their entries will be available for pick-up from the Grand Island VA, with a National Veteran’s Creative Arts Competition and Festival Certificate of Recognition. 

Artwork Pick Up 

First-place entries will remain secured at the Grand Island VA until the results of the national competition are received in December 2021. After the completion of the Nebraska State Fair, participants that submitted entries that were no awarded first-place in the local competition will be mailed detailed instructions on when their entries will be available for pick-up from the Grand Island VA.

The Festival

Co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national health care system. Veterans exhibit their artwork and original writings or perform musical, dance or dramatic selections in a live stage show performance. All Veterans invited to participate are selected winners of year-long, national fine arts talent competitions in which thousands of Veterans enter, from VA medical facilities across the nation.

VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their therapy programs to further the rehabilitation goals for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through that therapy and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation’s Veterans.

All gold medal winners from the National Competition will be invited to participate in the 40th Annual National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 18-25, 2022.