Items Tagged ‘UCLA Buddy Family Program’

Being there for our veterans

February 7, 2019

Being there for our veterans

By uclahealth 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 […]

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


Meet the Bartholettis: Couple brings respite to wounded warriors receiving health care at UCLA

May 9, 2017

Meet the Bartholettis: Couple brings respite to wounded warriors receiving health care at UCLA

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

When supporting a nonprofit organization, some people write checks and others volunteer their time. And some, like Annie and Vic Bartholetti, open their home — and their hearts. Since 2011, the Los Angeles attorneys have volunteered as a host family, or Buddy Family for wounded military veterans who receive health care through UCLA Health’s Operation […]

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Tags: caregivers, Dr. Chris Crisera, Dr. Jo Sornborger, Dr. Kodi Azari, intensive therapy program, Operation Mend, reconstructive surgery, Tiverton House, UCLA Buddy Family Program, UCLA Health volunteers, UCLA Operation, volunteers