Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

256th-CSH Personnel Serve Army, Community

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

256th-CSH Personnel Serve Army, Community

Article excerpt

Soldiers of the 256th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) from Brooklyn, Ohio, got a chance to do a lot more than serve their country as citizen soldiers recently - they provided a much needed service to their community as well when they performed physical examinations for children in Canton, Ohio.

"When soldiers are allowed to do something as Army Reservists in the community, in uniform, it gives them the chance to show their pride," said Capt. Mary Burakowski, head nurse at the 256th. "Hands-on work with the community is what drives them. That's why they join the Reserve."

This is the second consecutive year the 256th assisted the Canton Community Clinic, a community-based free clinic for low-income people. Mary Cain, director of the clinic, sought the unit's assistance in an effort to get additional medical volunteers to give physicals to children from the area.

"The physicals are required so the kids can enter Headstart (a preschool program) and participate in sports," said Cain.

The first year Cain started the program at the clinic, 28 children received physicals. She said she knew that the need to service the community was much greater than her volunteer staff alone was capable of handling and that was when she came up with the idea of bringing in a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit to help.

She enlisted the assistance of U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula from the 16th District, Bethlehem Township, who contacted the 256th and the rest is history.

The Army Reserve augments her volunteer staff with 40 medical personnel and the clinic can now perform more than 400 physicals in a single day. …

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