Veterans

Cardiologists use nation’s first alternative access point for heart device to save a veteran

In a first of its kind in the United States, cardiologists at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute have performed a pioneering coronary intervention with an Impella heart assist device and stent placement through single access from the axillary artery in the shoulder. The new procedure offers surgeons another option to help save the lives of people suffering from severely calcified coronary heart disease, which kills more than 370,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran David Quiett presented at Loma Linda University Medical Center with a heart attack. Physicians quickly learned that he had severely calcified coronary artery disease in his major arteries. He was in need of stents and a heart-saving pumping device. But surgeons were unable to insert both interventions in separate vascular entry points because of the patient’s calcification. The pumping device is usually inserted through the femoral artery near the groin, and stents are placed through a separate artery. Due to the patient’s condition, there were no viable traditional arterial access points. With no options left, Loma Linda University Heart Institute interventional…

Honor a veteran – reserve a plaque on Veterans Wall of Freedom

Thank a veteran for their service, thank a veteran for your freedom by honoring them with a plaque on the Veterans Wall of Freedom. All veterans of the United States military are eligible for a plaque. Currently, approximately half of the plaques have been reserved. Plaque reservation forms are available on the website veteranswalloffreedom.org. Each plaque is available for $100 donation. In order to have your veterans plaque engraved on the Veterans Wall of Freedom by Veterans Day, the form with donation must be received no later than October 11, 2019. The Veterans Wall of Freedom was dedicated on Veterans Day 2016. This unique monument is designed to be an enduring reminder of the freedoms we enjoy daily because of the service and sacrifice of those that served in the United States military. The monument spells out the word FREEDOM in six-foot block letters with over 1600 granite plaque spaces for veterans covering the front of the letters.  Thirteen stripes, seven in subdued red and six in white, lead to the monument. The Veterans Wall of Freedom is a committee of the Foundation of Grand…

Colton VFW to hold 4th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show Sept. 14

By Marina Rojas The Colton VFW 6476 at 1789 N. 8th Street in Colton will be holding its 4th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The event is held at the VFW grounds each year to raise money for the organization and their outreach efforts. On Saturday morning, the VFW will have breakfast burritos and menudo to start the day off right; sales will begin at 9 a.m. For lunch, they will be offering hamburgers and hot dogs along with other food items to enjoy throughout the day. Aubrianne Kester, the President of the VFW Auxiliary said, “The event will include the car and motorcycle exhibition, a display of custom bicycles, entertainment, vendors, a Kona Ice truck and food sales. The public is welcome, and those who might be interested in joining the VFW are encouraged to come out to support the veterans in the club and throughout the community.” There will be trophies given for various categories (Best of Show, Top 15 Cars and Top 3 Bikes). At this time there are still a few openings available for anyone who…

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