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“One of our functions as a VA medical center is to be able to provide support to local responders during a mass-casualty event ... ” said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's third annual Keep 'em Warm winter clothing give-away hosted by the Providence VA Medical Center Oct. 28, 2016, in collaboration with the PVAMC's Homeless Veteran Clinic.
"There is a learning curve, but being disabled doesn't mean much once you know what you can do," said Paul Nyerick, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam from Granby, Conn., who has multiple sclerosis.
Many Veterans come to the Providence VAMC, but some come while still in uniform. Often they come for medical board evaluations or care relating to a service-connected injury, but some come for training.
"You remember the Germans on the hill with the 88?" Cucca asked McCarthy, speaking of the 88mm gun used by the German Army during World War II. “We were the lucky ones. We lost a lot of friends that day.”
Ray Edington, a Woonsocket, R.I., resident and Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, had an infection that required intravenous antibiotics. This would normally mean a hospital stay, but he was offered an alternative.