WCUI Volunteers at the 2020 Maricopa County StandDown Event

In mid-January, WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing had the honor of participating in the Maricopa County StandDown event in Arizona to serve our veterans and their families in our community. The Maricopa County StandDown, is part of the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) program, that provides events open to ALL US military veterans and their families to connect them to critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain their health and housing ability. The AVSA is a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition which holds annual events and resource fairs in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, including the nation’s largest event of its kind in Maricopa County. In 2019, the Maricopa County StandDown served 1,858 veterans and their families. And this year, the Maricopa County StandDown served a record number of 2,212 veterans and their families!

WCUI Student and Staff smiling in a group photo after the MC StandDown

The AZ StandDown is open to all United States military veterans in the local area who are in need of the following resources and more!

  • VA Benefits Assistance
  • DES Benefits Assistance
  • Maricopa County & City Municipal Courts
  • MVD Services – IDs & driver licenses
  • Social Security Administration Services
  • Medical, Vision, & Behavioral Health Services
  • Substance Abuse Assistance
  • Housing Assistance
  • ​Employment Services
  • Education Services & Opportunities
  • Pet Care (all domestic animals welcome)
  • Haircuts & Hygiene
  • Emergency Shelter Solutions
  • On-site storage for personal items
  • Dental services provided by Central Arizona Dental Society’s Mission of Mercy ​

     WCUI Phoenix Director of Education with AZ Veteran volunteer at the MC StandDown  Director Wanda Wright of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services with WCUI's Susan Ciardullo  Congressman Greg Stanton with WCUI's Susan Ciardullo

            WCUI students and staff sonographers at the 2020 MC StandDown                          WCUI's Susan Ciardullo and Karla Navarrete from ABC15 Arizona

Our WCUI staff and students continue to participate in the Arizona StandDown events every year, with 2020 being no exception. This year’s event lasted for two days, with 26 diagnostic medical sonography and cardiovascular sonography students and 4 staff members volunteering on Thursday and 17 diagnostic medical sonography and cardiovascular sonography students and 3 staff members on Friday. Through their combined efforts they were able to help a total of 144 patients, getting approximately 6 screenings each, for a total of 868 ultrasound procedures!

We want to share a BIG thank you to Karla Navarrete from ABC15 Arizona, Director Wanda Wright of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and Congressman Greg Stanton for stopping by our booth. We appreciate your support of WCUI and our veterans at the event.

Volunteer opportunities like the 2020 Maricopa County StandDown event, allow WCUI to not only provide our students with real-world experience in the field but to help others in need. We love having the opportunity to help our community, especially our veterans and their families. We are proud to be a certified veteran supportive campus and will continue to support events like the Arizona StandDown in the future.


To see the full 2020 Maricopa County StandDown Report by the AVSA visit: https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/uploads/1/2/4/9/124924903/2020_maricopa_county_standdown_report.pdf 

Edited February 27, 2020, to include the new numbers from the 2020 Maricopa County StandDown Report by AVSA