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Residents, businesses and elected officials work together in Bloomington

The Bloomington Sun Current covered the Community Stand To for veterans and their families at the Minnesota National Guard armory in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Jan. 12. The event was organized by Bloomington resident Karen Eileen, and others active in the Warrior to Citizen Campaign including National Guard Capt. John Donovan, state Sen. John Doll, Bloomington Mayor Gene Winsted, and a consortium of Bloomington Lutheran churches.

As one example of how the event connected community members, Northwestern Health Sciences University - which wanted to diversify the client base in its student-run clinics - will offer pro-bono chiropractic and massage care to veterans over the next year.

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"Janet Drewiske (left) and Amiee Elizabeth (right) of Northwestern Health Sciences give chair massages to Minnesota National Guard troops during the Community Stand To at the Bloomington Armory Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. The Community Stand To event was a chance for community members and businesses to show support for the troops as they transition home." (SCOTT THEISEN - SUN NEWSPAPERS)

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs