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February 7, 2019

Being there for our veterans

By uclahealth

Clare Suomi and her family volunteered to become an Operation Mend Buddy Family back in 2009. In 2016, after lovingly caring for five warriors and their families, Clare happened upon a job opening for a Buddy Program Coordinator and knew it was perfect for her. Clare, who quickly earned the nickname “Clarebear,” is an incredible team member. She is 100 percent committed to the warriors, their families, babies, service dogs, and the entire staff team. She makes sure everyone feels taken care of and is always interested in what everyone has to say. She is ever ready to talk about football or her beloved New Jersey. When she is not busy connecting warriors with their Buddies or recruiting new ones, she enjoys her three beautiful kids—Josh, Jacob and Grace—who adore her.

 

Tags: Buddy Family, Patient Story, psychologic support, PTSD, UCLA Buddy Family Program, UCLA Operation Mend, veterans, Warrior Care Network, Wounded Warrior Project, wounded warriors

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