Humanitarian group seeks doctors ahead of trip to Vietnam

Updated: Dec. 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM EST
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NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - Vets with a Mission is just months away from its first trip of 2017, but the humanitarian group is making a last minute plea for medical professionals
after two volunteers were forced to d rop out.
"You can really help somebody's life significantly if you go," said Medical Director Dr. Michael Bernardo.
Dr. Bernardo's been with the Newberry-based group since 2014 after joining a trip to Vietnam at the urging of one of his patients, but the group was making trips long before he joined.
Vets with a Mission was founded in 1989 to give Vietnam Veterans a chance to go back to Vietnam to help those in need. Every year a medical team ventures into remote villages to provide medical treatment, training and equipment.
Those trips have resulted in the creation of 25 rural health stations in Vietnam and dozens of life-changing operations.
"A few years ago, I saw somebody there who had stepped on an unexploded land mine that was 40 years old. It had sort of torn off half of his face. So we were able to get him into the city to get medical care. So we have the ability to get people who need more serious medical care or surgeries," said Bernardo.

With the next trip scheduled for March, Vets with a Mission is seeking two doctors or nurse practitioners to carry out its work.
The trip runs from March 17 to April 2. It costs about $4,000, which includes airfare, lodging, a visa and more.

To learn more, visit this link. You can also contact Chuck Ward at or Dr. Michael Bernardo

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