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VA San Diego Healthcare System


2011 Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

VA San Diego nurse assisting a Veteran

SAN DIEGO (July 15, 2011) -- VA San Diego Healthcare System Nurse Melissa Quinones talks with Veteran Joan Klok at the 2011 Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Over two hundred Veterans Affairs employees volunteered for the event, which provided various services including medical, dental and legal affairs to former servicemen and women. Photo by Christopher Menzie.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

An estimated 200 Veterans Affairs employees participated in the 24th Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans on July 15 - 17, 2011, at San Diego High School.  Over a thousand Veterans utilized various services provided by the VA including dispensary needs, testing for HIV and Tuberculosis, skin and foot care, mental health, and alcohol withdrawal treatment. 

Some highlights from this year’s medical tent included:

  • The introduction of a “tent ombudsman” program.  Rebecca Bierman, MD, and Annemarie McNeese, NP were selected as the ombudsman this year.  Their efforts resulted in a record of over 75% of PPD skin tests read on Friday, July 15th.
  • The treatment of our youngest (11-day old infant) and oldest (86-year old) patients.

For pictures on the Stand Down, please visit our Facebook page at!/VASanDiego.


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