Pacific College Participates in Vietnam Stand Down 2010
The National Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is an annual event that honors and seeks to physically and emotionally help homeless veterans. Each summer in San Diego, hundreds of homeless veterans and their families are provided with a wide range of necessities such as food, shelter, showers, clothing, dental care, and medical care, including acupuncture and massage therapy. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) students and alumni will volunteer their time and services to this event. This year, the event will be held on July 16, 17 and 18, 2010, on the upper athletic field at San Diego High School.
During times of war, the term “Stand Down” referred to the time of rest and recovery that exhausted combat units required before re-entering the fray. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 275,000 homeless veterans to “combat” life on the streets. Each year, hundreds of homeless veterans attend the Stand Down.
Acupuncture and massage are ideal for this kind of event because they are highly mobile practices that do not require heavy or expensive equipment. They also provide immediate relief for many conditions. Acupuncture has been used to treat (or relieve the pain of) dozens of ailments. The National Institute of Health recognizes its usefulness in treating addiction, fibromyalgia, headaches, cramps, back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, asthma, and more. This is a unique opportunity for PCOM volunteers to show compassion while simultaneously demonstrating their professional skills and spreading awareness of the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego has participated in Stand Down for 10 years, and this summer, 2010, PCOM will continue that tradition and contribute student and alumni practitioner volunteers each day to perform acupuncture and massage for the veterans. Providing holistic healthcare to the community is an essential part of PCOM’s mission, hence Stand Down 2010 is a perfect opportunity for PCOM students and alumni to share their services with the community.
For more information on this event, please contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (800) 729-0941, or visit www.PacificCollege.edu