PNWU Students Give Back at 20th Annual Veterans Stand Down
On Saturday, October 19, PNWU’s Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (SAMOPS) came together to connect with local veterans at the 20th Annual Veterans Stand Down and Benefits Fair, held at State Fair Park in Yakima.
“Veteran health should never be overlooked or minimized, but rather, should be specifically considered,” explained Kat Lundeberg, second-year osteopathic medical student, U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant, and president of PNWU’s SAMOPS club. “These individuals have been subject to various experiences and circumstances that last beyond their service time.”
The Veterans Stand Down provided community members with an opportunity to come together in recognition of the courageous sacrifices of our veterans. Over 80 organizations attended the event, providing information and services to our veterans and their families.
Under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Litchfield, PNWU Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and U.S. Army Veteran, student volunteers provided free osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT), as well as blood pressure screenings, to 25 veterans in just under six hours.
“Service is not unique to the military,” Lundeberg continued, "but at the core of medicine. As Osteopaths, we consider the well-being of the whole person. This type of event brings us back to our core values by working with our hands and hearts in the community that is raising us in our professional career. I am excited to see the variety of veterans, hear their stories, and honor them by serving them, and grateful that our university is so committed to serving the community — big and small, young and old — allowing our students to express their passion for service in such unique ways.”