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Publication Date


Community Preceptors

Jaclynn Ries, Veterans Multi-Service Center

Academic Preceptors

John Costa, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Denise Curran, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Philadelphia, PA


Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Weight Status, Physical Fitness and Activity, Mental Health, Tobacco Use, Oral Health


Goals and Objectives

  • To motivate the veterans to eat healthier and exercise daily
  • To challenge the veterans to quit smoking
  • To teach the veterans how to alleviate their stress and anxiety
  • To educate the veterans about heart disease
  • To inform the veterans on how to budget effectively
  • To explain the political process to the veterans including voting, elections, and potential candidates in the 2016 election

Personal Statement

"Every day at the perimeter was unique, meaningful and at times, challenging. I greatly apprecaited the veterans' openness to sharing their experiences and willingness to pass on what they have learned from life. They're the best!" --Olivia

"Being a part of Bridging the Gaps this summer has been an absolute privilege. It was a pleasure getting to know the veterans of the Perimeter and my experience over the past seven weeks has helped me to grow both professionally and emotionally. I have gained a newfound respect for the veteran community and have been blow away by their incredible resilience and positivity in the face of the many struggles they face on a daily basis." --Max

"While at the perimeter, I learned about the daily struggles faced by homeless veterans. I am now more aware of their needs which will be important for my career as a future physician. This has been a very humbling experience and a truly memorable summer." --Alaynna

Summer of My American Soldier: Perimeter Veterans Multi-Service Center