WCUI Phoenix campus staff and students were proud to take part in the 2016 Maricopa County Veteran "Stand Down" event at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ this past January. WCUI volunteers like Austin Hyde (who is featured in the news clip below and a veteran himself) provided carotid artery scans for veterans and their families, while other volunteer professionals offered physicals, legal counseling, mental health services, and even resources for veterans' pets. WCUI staff and student volunteers donated their time and skills in seeing a total of 637 patients with each patient receiving a blood pressure check, an ABI (ankle-brachial index), and at least one ultrasound exam - that is over 1900 medical procedures performed by the 36 senior students that participated! On top of that, WCUI was invited to do 4 more veterans screenings this year alone.
WCUI is so grateful for the staff and students who made the event an overwhelming success. Special recognition goes to Susan Ciardullo, Regional Director of Career Services & Community Outreach, who has tirelessly developed school partnerships with veterans organizations like "Stand Down" and spearheaded numerous other successful community outreach projects since joining the WCUI family.
Veterans "Stand Down" events are focused on helping veterans to regain their highest levels of independence, while also seeking to bring together the community and service providers in order to build relationships that can positively benefit veterans throughout the year. Ultimately, organizers of these events aim to increase awareness and gather consistent data as a manner of activating the on-going resources it will take to end veteran homelessness once and for all.
Learn more about Arizona Veterans "Stand Down" Events