UCLA Operation Mend is a groundbreaking program that serves military men and women who have severe facial and other medical injuries.
Started in 2007, the program provides injured soldiers with access to top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, plus medical and mental health support for the soldiers and their families. In 2007, the program's goal was to provide facial reconstruction. Since then, it has expanded to help soldiers heal not only their bodies, but also their minds and spirits.
To date, the organization has helped 82 brave men and women recover from injuries sustained while serving our nation.
Program manager, Melanie Gideon, and Army captain and patient, James Barclay, share stories of lives changed by Operation Mend.
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