2011 Veterans' Stand down
By Capt. Georgette R. Danczyk, 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 16, 2011
FORT SNELLING, Minn -- Professionals from the 133 Airlift Wing Medical Group and the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participated in the annual Veterans' Stand Down event at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling Aug 2-3. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. There were over 60 agencies present at the event to help with various services such as employment, housing, legal, health issues and more. The ultimate goal of the annual event is to provide as many services in one location in order to provide assistance to homeless veterans and those in need.
The collaboration between the 133rd medical group and the 109th AES was executed by 20 medical professionals working shifts throughout the two day event. Approximately 284 patients were seen for free medical screenings and follow up with doctors on site as needed. 1st Lt. Amy Nordquist, a nurse from the 133rdAW Medical Group said that, "It's been great working together as a team with the 109th AES to put our education and practice to good use."
David Adriansen a Simulation Center Manger at the Minneapolis VA Medical Hospital, who was the acting medical director during the event commented that, "We've been able to get great support from medical professionals from both units."
Nathaniel Saltz from the MACV said that the military involvement with the event has been incredible because it helps the veterans feel more comfortable. He went on to say that it connects them in a deep way back to their time of service and builds on the strength they've gotten from their military service to get themselves back up on their feet.
The MACV will sponsor numerous Stand Down events statewide throughout the year. The 133AW medical group has participated in the Minneapolis Stand Down event in previous years; however this was the first time working with the 109th Aeromedical Squadron. For more information on Stand Down, please visit http://www.mac-v.org/index.html.