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Operation Mend

“I was part of a female engagement team, and we were helping an all-girls school that had been blown up by the Taliban rebuild,” recounts Yoland Poullard, an Army veteran who came to Operation Mend for help with her [...]

By uclahealth • November 27, 2019

“When I lost my arm, I felt like I lost my identity,” admits 46-year-old Darius Johnson, who was an infantryman and squad leader in the United States Army. “My first sergeant stepped on an IED, detonated it and took my arm in 2011. After that, I went straight into work [...]

By uclahealth • November 27, 2019

Operation Mend gave me my confidence back,” confirms Angelica Jimenez, a USMC Field Radio Operator who got treatment from Operation Mend for her third-degree burns and scarring. “While convoying back to base, a suicide bomber hit my truck and [...]

By uclahealth • November 10, 2019

“There were six of us in the vehicle. We were crossing over a bridge when ‘BAM!,’ an IED went off,” recounts 48-year-old Chris

By uclahealth • November 10, 2019

“After 22 years of being around numerous explosions and jumping out of airplanes, it finally caught up to me,” reflects 51-year-old Tad Steckler, who was an Army engineer dealing with explosives and demolition. “Before By uclahealth • November 7, 2019