San Diego, CA – July 18, 2014 – James Kimber, candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District will be treating homeless veterans at the Veterans Village of San Diego 27th Annual Stand Down on Friday, July 18, 2014.
There is a long history of Navy Medicine in Kimber’s family. His grandfather was a Navy surgeon stationed on the USS ARIZONA (BB 39) in 1939 and later with the 4th Marines in Shanghai. His father was a Navy surgeon stationed on the USS BELLEAU WOOD (CVL 24) during WWII. James Kimber served 20 years on active duty in the United States Navy and retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. Currently he is a Physician Assistant practicing Neurosurgery at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA. As the Senior Medical Officer aboard two combat warships (USS ELLIOT DD-967, USS REID FFG-30), Mr. Kimber is all too familiar with Emergency Medicine and treating those who have served.
Mr. Kimber is alarmed at how veteran’s needs are being neglected and feels we as a country owe them more. Mr. Kimber worked Stand Down last year as a provider and was shocked at some of the patients he treated. “I had to admit five people to a local hospital and three of the patients I saw needed emergency surgery. One veteran was walking around with a 104 degree temperature. Another veteran’s blood sugar was over 500. I say over 500 because that’s as high as the machine could read. Normal blood sugar is 70-100”.
Mr. Kimber is appalled at the recent problems within the VA system, but also knows they are not really recent, but only recently brought to the attention of the public. One of Mr. Kimber’s top issues as a candidate has always been for better care for our veterans by addressing the antiquated system used by the Veterans Administration, lack of mental health support, the lack of providers and facilities for veterans to seek treatment, the rising number of homeless veterans and violence against women in the military.
Kimber has 30 years of healthcare experience is on Medical Staff at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA.
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