Students and faculty from West Coast University's School of Pharmacy performed blood pressure and glucose screening services this July at the Veterans Resource Expo in Los Angeles.
Veterans Resource Expo WCU Volunteers
WCU Faculty: Dr. Marina Dykhne, Dr. Keri Hurley-Kim, Dr. Amber Verdell, Dr. Michael Pondrom
PharmD students: Annie Hiu, Christelle Fogue, Sarah Kamel, Maher Qaqi, Roy Chang, Parisa Pooresfehani, Lusine Amiryan
Hosted by Heart of Compassion along with major sponsors, the expo was held to honor veterans and provide them with an opportunity to stock up on supplies, pick up some new clothes and learn about workshops on a variety of topics, including help with finances, new job skills training and emotional support.
WCU students tested the veteran’s blood pressure and glucose levels, and provided feedback on the results.
Pastor Eric Tietze, president and founder of Heart of Compassion, thanked the WCU group for taking time to volunteer.
"I just want to let you know that your efforts are greatly appreciated and it goes beyond using your gifts, skills and abilities," Tietze stated. "The people we serve don't just come with materialistic needs; they also come with broken spirits. When they see kind-hearted people like you care about them and you are there to help, it gives them a sense of hope."