This is Your Chance to Support US Combat Veterans in Need

VOSH/International (V/I) is delighted to announce that it will collaborate with Everyone for Veterans (E4V) to facilitate access to eye health care to qualifying US returnee combat veterans.

E4V ( was founded in 2008 by Dr Theresa Cheng, a retired dentist in Washington state. E4V works through volunteer dentists around the country offering pro-bono dental care to qualifying veterans.  Veterans who benefit from E4V support are either unemployed living on veteran benefits, work part-time with no benefits, or work full time at low paying jobs with no benefits; they are not covered by existing medical assistance or live too far from a VA facility and cannot afford to get there. Since its establishment, E4V has worked with almost 500 dentists from 30 states providing needed dental care to low income combat veterans and their families.  This support can make a significant difference to these veterans’ lives.

The collaboration will focus on offering eye health care to qualifying returnee combat veterans and their families. Interested VOSH chapters and its members are invited to sign up to volunteer on E4V’s website.  Veterans requesting optometry care will apply and be screened by E4V which will subsequently introduce them to a V/I volunteer optometrist who has signed up with E4V.

The V/I volunteers will see the veterans at their own practises and at a time convenient to their schedules. Only 1 veteran per year will be assigned to each volunteer. Sometimes, this may involve only one visit.

The veterans will be offered a full eye examination and glasses to improve vision and identify any preventable eye condition. Whenever possible, V/I volunteers are encouraged to engage their local optical labs to support this cause. V/I may make available some small funds to cover the cost of prescription glasses.

V/I President Dan Twelker, OD, PhD said “In times of COVID-19, perhaps V/I volunteers would be willing to focus their expertise and commitment in providing vision care for those in need at home. This collaboration will make an immediate difference in people’s lives.  I encourage practicing V/I doctors to sign up and make this collaboration a success.”

On behalf of E4V, Founder and Executive Director, Theresa Cheng, DDS expressed “We have been aware of this service gap for our veterans for some time and are very grateful for this opportunity.”

For more information on the V/I-E4V collaboration please contact:

Maria Arce-Moreira, VOSH/International Executive Director

Theresa Cheng, E4V Executive Director

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization:


US Government Travel Advise:

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021