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NEWS | Feb. 16, 2021

Supporting veterans and fighting COVID-19

By Courtesy article 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support)

“It was and an honor to volunteer at this medical event, that will protect our Veterans from this deadly virus that has destroyed so many lives,” said Col. Janet Ross, G3, 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support).

Volunteer’s from the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) and AMEDD Professional Management Command supported the Atlanta VA’s, Covid-19 vaccine drive-thru, February 13, 2021. Volunteers assisted with traffic control, screening, escort, vaccines and post vaccine observation.

For volunteers with civilian medical/vaccination credentials, they assisted with vaccines. For all the others, they stepped up to do what was necessary, no matter the position. Because of cold and rainy conditions, the volunteers worked with VA staff to make accommodations for the Veterans as safe and fast as possible.

With their assistance, the VA was able to vaccinate over 2,400 Veterans during the drive-thru and over 400 more Veterans in their Vaccination Center.

“Our goal was to not turn any eligible Veteran away and with your help we reached our goal at 10:00pm; 14 hours later,” said, Anthony G. Cooper, PhD, Chief Voluntary Service, Atlanta VA Health Care System.

“The amount of veterans that were supported during this events was incredible. The Veterans were the customers here and were the priority as far as comfort and how everything was flowing,” said Sgt. 1st Class, Alberto Quintana, 3d MC(DS), HHC, 1st. Sgt.

The Atanta VA staff was extremely thankful for the assistance, “Your faithful volunteer serve helped save lives. Thank you for your commitment to our Veterans,” said, Cooper.

“I loved speaking to our veterans; men and women who represented all services, many who placed their lives on the line in combat campaigns from WW2 to the present. My highlight, was escorting a WW2 Veteran. What an honor,” said Ross.