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Health Fair Offered Free Screenings to Military Veterans and their Families

July 17, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) and the Student Nursing Association hosted a free health fair for military veterans and their immediate family members. The fair was held July 11, at VFW Post 2397, on Ayers St.

“This first ever health fair hosted by CONHS, specifically for veterans and their families, was a great success,” said Martin Longoria, Major (Ret.) US Army and Coordinator II in the College of Nursing and Heath Sciences. “With the help of 25 students and expert nurse volunteers, more than 100 military veterans were given individual medical attention.”

Health screenings included blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and blood sugar, along with education on diabetes and mental health wellness. Longoria looks forward to sitting down with veterans for feedback as he plans the next event.

Military veterans face a multitude of health issues that are unique to their service. Specific issues include infectious diseases, chemical exposure, shrapnel and gun wounds, lost limbs, head and brain injuries, and mental health issues such as PTSD and depression.