Operation Mend 10th anniversary celebration raises $1.1 million for veterans

Civic Engagement

UCLA Health’s Operation Mend, a program for wounded U.S. veterans, celebrated its 10th anniversary at a Red, White and Denim-themed backyard party that raised more than $1.1 million to benefit the program.

The celebration was held at the home of Operation Mend founder and philanthropist Ronald Katz on Sept. 24. The program provides free surgical, medical and psychological services to wounded service members injured in the line of duty after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

Chancellor Block expressed his gratitude to members of the military, and their families, who have sacrificed so much for us. He thanked the Katz family, as well as the many staff, faculty, volunteers and donors who make Operation Mend possible.

From left: Johnesse Spisso, CEO, UCLA Hospital System; Dr. John Mazziotta, vice chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences; Ronald Katz, Operation Mend founder and philanthropist; Chancellor Block; and Dr. Kelsey Martin, dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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