SAN DIEGO/VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-SOUTHWEST/HAWLEY CENTER
Gerald McFadden, President & CEO, Volunteers of America-Southwest: Today in the United States on any given day, 1.4 million veterans are at risk of becoming homeless. Additionally, there are sixty-two thousand veterans that are homeless. We have to, and can, do better than that.
Alfred A. Joshua, MD, Medical Director, Volunteers of America-Southwest: Veterans deal with a number of challenges coming out of the military, and a lot of them suffer from a lot of chronic medical conditions as well as other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. What happens here at Hawley is due to the distance of the nearest VA hospital being 32 miles away, the tremendous inconvenience of hopping on a bus, which is a two and a half hour ride, each way, to the hospital, it really discourages the veterans from going and actually seeking timely care.
Gerald McFadden: So we thought it was important to bring medical services on-site.
Rick Bregman, San Diego Market President, Bank of America: Bank of America and our quarter of a million associates are committed to giving back to the local communities where we live and work. Today, we’ve got about 50 of our associates, who’ve taken time off work to do exactly that. Our volunteers are incredibly passionate about supporting the military, our military members, the veterans that have sacrificed so much, not just for our and our freedoms, but our country. And we’re hoping that the actions that we are carrying out today inspire other Americans to do exactly the same thing. Our volunteers from Bank of America have actually gotten their hands dirty working to refurbish and working to rebuild a health care facility for these veterans.
Gerald McFadden: So that the veterans can have the benefit of a nice place to live. As a result of the partnership with Bank of America, we’re now able to actually provide medical services on-site to veterans two days a week.
Alfred A. Joshua, MD: With this funding, we really can help veterans with the care that they deserve and really help them lead healthier lives going forward.
Rick Bregman: Supporting the military and our veterans is one of the social issues we are most passionate about. Today is an opportunity for us to show that and to give back to people who truly need us.
Gerald McFadden: We thank Bank of America and the men and women who were a part of today for a really phenomenal experience, one that our veterans will remember for a long while.
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