PA Students Raise Funds for Military Children
Pace University’s Physician Assistant students showed their appreciation for our country's military community by organizing a small fundraiser for “Our Military Kids” in light of Veteran’s Day. Sarah Zaino, a first year student, knows the challenges faced by military families all too well. Her husband serves in the U.S. Navy and is a Veteran of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. And while caring for their daughter on her own while he’s been deployed, Sarah has often leaned on resources provided by charitable organizations like “Our Military Kids.” This year, she wanted to spread awareness of the challenges faced by military families, and wanted to pay the favor forward by promoting a fundraiser to her class.
Did you know that 80% of military children have increased anxiety during a parent’s deployment? “Our Military Kids” provides grants to military children to ease the stress that results from a parent’s absence, or during recovery from injuries sustained at war. These grants provide them with reprieve through sports, camps, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Military families make enormous sacrifices for our country every day, and the past 13 years of sustained combat has created an unprecedented variety of challenges, which will undoubtedly be faced by this group for many years to come. And due to the generosity of thousands of individuals, “Our Military Kids” has never denied a grant to a single, eligible child.
Pace PA students were thankful for the generosity of the class and proudly raised $400, which is no small feat for financially strained grad students! Since 95 cents of every dollar donated to “Our Military Kids” directly supports a child, we’re certain our contribution will help provide productive outlets for these deserving children.
-Veronica Maddocks, PA-S
Pace University Physician Assistant Program