Ahead of Veterans Day and our participation in the New York City Veterans Day Parade, an annual Salute to Service tradition continued this year when we welcomed a group from UCLA Health Operation Mend for a special visit along with staff, veterans, and their families.
Founded in 2007, UCLA Health Operation Mend heals our nation’s post-9/11 military, veterans, and family members by providing advanced surgical and medical treatment, comprehensive psychological evaluation and support, and intensive treatment programs for symptoms related to post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The program, including all travel and accommodations, is available at absolutely no cost to veterans or service members and to eligible warriors injured during military operations or training. Operation Mend is the only program in the nation that includes caregivers as full participants in an intensive treatment program, and is proud to be able to provide access to world class care for this community at UCLA Health, which is ranked among the top five in the nation and top 10 in the world.
“The annual Operation Mend visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is such an amazing opportunity for our warriors to experience a level of healing that can only come from being on that ground. There is nowhere else in the nation that can provide our heroes and their families with what they take away from their time in that space," said Marine Corps Veteran and Operation Mend Board Member Aaron P. Mankin.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is honored to welcome this incredible organization, its staff and the military families as part of the process to “heal the wounds of war.”
Visit our Calendar for a full list of Salute to Service events.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff