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Northwest PVA Keeping Veterans Connected

Posted by Lynne Switzer, staff writer for PVA on Jul 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM


Photo: Pictured is Matthew Mickunas, U.S. Army Veteran and Northwest chapter Acting President, presenting Soldiers Home Superintendent Robert Pence with a check to fund the project.

The Northwest chapter of PVA is celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act by giving residents of a nursing care unit the ability to stay in touch with friends and family, which is so important right now while lockdowns protect those most at risk from COVID-19. The chapter signed a 3-year contract with Comcast to provide WiFi in the Soldiers Home Nursing Care Unit in Orting, Washington. That means all 90+ residents will have area-wide wireless internet access, helping them stay connected while safely social distancing.

“This is as mission-essential as you can get, and shows Northwest PVA’s pride in successfully providing adaptive communications while celebrating 30 years of the ADA,” said Matthew Mickunas, Northwest PVA Acting President.

Having to be isolated from loved ones can be detrimental to one’s health; having access to the internet can help residents stay connected and engaged with the outside world as necessary limits remain on social interaction.

Soldiers Home Superintendent, Robert Pence said, “We thank the Northwest PVA for the continued support for the WA Soldiers Home residents. The WiFi donation for the Nursing Care Facility is going to make the residents very happy!”

The WiFi installation will begin as soon as contractors are allowed to enter the Home and begin work.



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