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Domestic Volunteerism Spotlight: Montero Medical Missions

Operation Giving Back is highlighting domestic volunteerism stories. Check back monthly for new stories on this important topic. In this story, Montero Medical Missions has established the Health Fair for Veterans to screen and advise veterans on their health care needs.

Health Fair for Veterans Provides Essential Screenings for U.S. Veterans

Juan M. Montero, II, MD, FACS, became an inaugural recipient of the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2003 because of to his involvement in philanthropic efforts, such as his helping the migrant workers in Eastern Shore, VA, through a mobile clinic project of the Philippine Medical Association of Southeastern Virginia, and the establishment of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic in 1992. In July 2011, he founded Montero Medical Missions (MMM). Its mission is to provide medical missions and encourage physicians and allied health professionals with international roots to give back to their homelands by creating sustainable health care projects globally.

In November, 2011, Dr. Montero received a letter encouraging physicians to be compassionate and understanding of the health care needs of U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. MMM accepted the challenge by creating the Health Fair for Veterans (HFFV) in October 2012. During the HFFV, multispecialty professionals screen and advise veterans on their health care needs. If follow-up is indicated, an appointment is readily arranged. This is profoundly needed since the Hampton Roads area of Virginia has the highest concentration of veterans anywhere in the country.

Supporters and benefactors of MMM take pride in having one of the few U.S.-based philanthropy organizations with an ongoing domestic project, especially serving our veterans. Since inception, HFFV has provided services and referrals to 500 veterans regionally. Additionally Dr. Montero has volunteered to be of year-round assistance to veterans who need access to private sector healthcare through colleague contacts. Veterans have ready access to Dr. Montero and his network via Upscale Resale, a high-end thrift store established in Chesapeake, VA. Upscale Resale was established in May 2016 to serve as a funding mechanism for MMM as well as an outreach focal point for the community. Dr. Montero volunteers daily at Upscale Resale and has counseled more than two dozen veterans at the store since the opening.

About Montero Medical Missions

Montero Medical Missions was founded byJuan M. Montero, II, MD, FACS, in July 2011 to provide medical missions and encourage physicians and allied health professionals with international roots to give back to their homelands by creating sustainable health care projects globally.

Montero Medical Missions

Dr. Paul N. Montero[general surgeon at University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Col. James Ireland[USA][Ret.] Chair of Health Fair for Veterans 2012-2016, Dr. Juan M. Montero, II

MMM at Clinical Congress

(LtoR) Dr. Paul N. Montero (general surgeon at University of Colorado Medical Center), Col. James Ireland (USA Ret.) Chair of Health Fair for Veterans 2012–2016, Dr. Juan M. Montero, II.
Dr. Paul N. Montero[general surgeon at University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Col. James Ireland[USA][Ret.] Chair of Health Fair for Veterans 2012-2016, Dr. Juan M. Montero, II

Montero Medical Missions Poster at Clinical Congress 2013

The ACS accepted the abstract of our Montero Medical Missions domestic project in a poster format presentation at the 100th Annual Clinical Congress, October 2013 in Washington, DC.
At Health Fair for Veterans events, vets are paired with a personal volunteer escort who will assist with paperwork and identifying needs, as well as making connections with the appropriate medical volunteers on site.

Health Fair for Veterans

At Health Fair for Veterans events, vets are paired with a personal volunteer escort who will assist with paperwork and identifying needs, as well as making connections with the appropriate medical volunteers on site.