CHC Salutes Our Veterans – Honoring All Who Served

November 11, 2022

We pause today to proudly honor and pay tribute to all the living and fallen veterans who have served their country in the U.S. armed services.

92-year-old veteran traveled 2 hours to be one of the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine from CHC. He was in tears as he had not seen his family and grandchildren in more than a year.

Veterans: you make up vital threads in the fabric of our nation and we want to thank you all for the many freedoms we are blessed with and often take for granted. This Veterans Day we pause and reflect on deep gratitude for the sacrifices you and your families have made that many of us cannot begin to realize. Everyone at CHC thanks you for your service and all you have done to preserve our liberties. Our doors will continue to open for you as we pledge to care for you the best we can.

This special day also allows us to recognize the critical contributions of the veterans who are employed at CHC. In our nearly 45 years, we are fortunate to have employed many veterans who help us care for our communities. Some of the current staff members at CHC who have served our country include:

Norman Johnson – served 22 years, Army
Glenn Stewart – served 6 years, Marine Corps
Eduardo Mariscal – served 8 years, Navy
Jim Sweredoski – served 6 years, Navy
Karla Rodriguez – currently serving Army National Guard

We salute you and all the veterans of the U.S. armed services who have given so much – past and present – active duty, reserve, honorably discharged and retired service members.

Much of our patient base includes veterans in need of healthcare. Across the U.S., HRSA-funded healthcare facilities, like community health centers, served over 385,000 veterans last year according to 2021 data from the Uniform Data System (UDS). 

Veterans Community Care Program

Veterans are often forgotten – but are valuable members of our communities who have struggled with access to high-quality healthcare in places where there’s not an existing VA facility. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is working hard to expand access for veterans. If the nearest VA location cannot provide the services a Veteran needs, they can receive care from a provider in their local community through the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), provided they meet eligibility criteria. To learn more, visit the VA’s VCCP webpage.


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