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Round Rock Sertoma presented Dell Children’s Hospital Audiology Department with a check on September 30, 2015.

Pictured in the top picture  are Cyndy Perkins, Senior Director of Development,  Mike Irish, Chairman of  Board Round Rock Sertoma,  Michelle Pho, Pediatric Audiologist, Will Williams, President Round Rock Sertoma.

Pictured in the lower picture are Mike Lucier, Darla Thomas, Cyndy Perkins, Mike Irish, Will Williams, Fred Jewell, Phil Ward, Michelle Pho and Gerald Boyer.

These funds will be used to buy testing equipment focused on those children that have difficulty acknowledging responses to test criteria in traditional ways. Michelle Pho provided a tour of the audiology department and shared details of how one piece of  equipment gets and maintains the attention of the patient through animation techniques. Approximately 411 evaluations were performed in 2014. So far in 2015, over 400 evaluations have been performed.

Another piece of equipment, a tympanometer, evaluates whether a child has Ottis Media (middle ear infection) or fluid behind the eardrums. Portable tympanometers are used in the operating room. A second portable unit, purchased with these funds is on order and  will provide enhanced technology updates.

The audiology personnel are grateful for the funding to purchase these vital diagnostic tools and Sertoma members should be proud to have made this successful.

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On Tuesday, July 28, J.D. Stewart of Heroes Night Out came to speak about how the organization helps military veterans often by bringing a smile to their face, removing the clouds of depression and bringing a bit of joy and hope back into a military vets life after seeing so much destruction on the battlefield.

J.D. related many stories of how his simple magic show has brought men back from the edge just because a magic show presents to these harden soldiers a different yet fun perspective about reality. “Some vets were depressed, others were suicidal yet a fun and humorous show can and has brought people back from the edge,” said J.D.

Heroes Night Out coordinates events, activities and services geared towards veteran appreciation. The organization strives to involve families of veterans who also are in need of support.

Heroes Night Out offers easy access to much needed services. Veterans can get assistance with their VA claims, access legal support when appropriate, access employers, and so much more, all while spending time in the company of their Peers.

Heroes Night Out has created family friendly events, which are free to veterans and their families. These no cost events are the heart of the organization. This is where veterans can come for the first time to get a feel for the organization and begin connecting with other heroes.

The connection is key. When Vietnam Veterans begin connecting with today’s soldiers who are encountering some of the exact same struggles they had when returning from war, it is an amazing thing to experience. Many times this healing is seen on television or some other public place and often in can be in the private moments with family members, friends, others vets or counselors.

Veterans and their families in need of assistance can call 1-877-WAR-VETS which is an around the clock confidential call center to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.

For help with critical issues Heroes Night Out offers the following services:

Vet Center Counselor – Dr. Elwanda Hawthorne, (Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 4:00 PM, by appointment only)

Military Veteran Peer Network – Tim Keesling, (Monday through Friday)

Life Coaching – Ed Donovan, Thursdays, by appointment only

There are two upcoming events which can be attended by the public to show and give support these true American patriots.

Peer to Peer Dinner & Show

Friday, August 7, 2015

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Buffet Dinner at 6:30 PM

Magic Show at 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Free to service members, veterans and their families

Veterans Resource Fair

1150 South Bell Blvd, Cedar Park

September 9, 2015

10:00 am – 1:00 pm