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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Providence VAMC at Stand Down Weekend

Army Veteran Anthony Berard receives a flu vaccination from Fern Maratta, a nursing resident with the Providence VA Medical Center’s Post Baccalaureate Nurse Resident program, Friday, Sept. 14, during Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Stand Down Weekend at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, R.I.

Army Veteran Anthony Berard receives a flu vaccination from Fern Maratta, a nursing resident with the Providence VA Medical Center’s Post Baccalaureate Nurse Resident program, Friday, Sept. 14, during Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Stand Down Weekend at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, R.I. (Providence VA Medical Center photo by Winfield Danielson)

By Winfield S. Danielson III, Public Affairs Officer
Friday, November 23, 2018

The Providence VA Medical Center participated in the Stand Down Weekend event Sept. 14 and 15 in Diamond Hill State Park, Cumberland, R.I. More than 450 Veterans attended the event, organized and hosted by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, which provided Veterans with access to services provided by OSDRI, the Providence VAMC, Providence VBA Regional Office, the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs and other federal, state and community partners.

Services included medical and mental health care, financial assistance, housing, legal, motor vehicle, employment and training. More than 50 nonprofit, state and federal agencies participated in the event.

"Our sincere thanks to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island for organizing and hosting Stand Down Weekend every year," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center. "The weekend has grown tremendously in terms of the services provided to Veterans, and our participation plays an important role in our delivery of health care to Veterans in need."

Army Veteran Normand Martin, a resident of Central Falls, R.I., left, asks for a copy of his benefits award letter at the Veterans Benefits resource table Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, during Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Stand Down Weekend event at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, R.I.

Army Veteran Normand Martin, a resident of Central Falls, R.I., left, asks for a copy of his benefits award letter at the Veterans Benefits resource table Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, during Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Stand Down Weekend event at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, R.I. With Martin are Providence VBA Regional Office employees, from left to right, Carla Murchelano, Paul Watkins, Lindsay Amherst and James Cookson. The event, which runs Sept. 14 to 16, provides essential services to Veterans in need. One of more than 50 nonprofit, state and federal agencies participating in the event, the Regional Office helps Veterans access their benefits, including filing disability claims. (Providence VA Medical Center photo by Winfield Danielson)

The Providence VAMC’s Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team assessed and provided services to twelve homeless Veterans during the event. The HPACT was also the lead medical provider, with the Rhode Island Chapter of the Red Cross providing first responders, as well, and Professional Ambulance providing transport. PVAMC staff provided triage and medical care to Veterans, their families and some OSDRI staff during the event, transporting a few Veterans to the Emergency Department for urgent medical concerns.

The HPACT team also provided vaccines to Veterans and their families, including 187 flu shots, 28 pneumonia vaccines and 3 TDAP vaccinations, which is a combination of vaccines protecting against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

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