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n Success story In the Service of Others A SON HONORS NOT BY Robin Epley PHOTO: Ken James ONLY HIS PARENTS, eginald Forest, 56, an Air Force veteran who served in Oper- ation Desert Storm, is sitting in a makeshift waiting room outside a large, colorful RV splashed with VSP logos in a parking lot. He’s waiting patiently for his glasses to be ready, and will only have to wait about an hour. In the meantime, he can go inside the VFW post across the lot and get a flu shot, or be seen by a medi- cal professional. He might stick around for a free lunch, or get a free haircut by the visiting barber later in the day. In previous years, there has been a mas- seuse inside the building too. Today is Veterans Day, and that means the Dr. Hunter Foundation and the UC Davis Willow Clinic have set up shop at VFW Post 67 in the North Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, and inside, a flurry of medical students and doctors have come to provide care to veterans and homeless patients. “I was so happy to get glasses to- day,” Forest says. He says he hears BUT ALL VETERANS OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY 130 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | R “‘Thank you for your service’ a lot,” especially on Veterans Day, and the sentiment is appreciated. “We hear it, but it’s nice to receive some physical gratitude,” he says. “Something we can use.” The Dr. Ernest and Arthella Hunt- er Foundation was started by their son Dr. Darryl Hunter. Ernest Hunter had been a career Army dentist for several decades and his son followed him into the military medical field, becoming a colonel in the Air Force Reserve and a radiation oncologist at Kaiser Per- manente in the Sacramento area. “I named this in their honor to carry out work that was near and dear to them,” Hunter says. The Veterans Day event that pro- vides care to veterans and the local homeless community is now in its seventh year, he says. The VSP’s mo- bile vision clinic is particularly useful, Hunter says, not only because of the conveniently quick turnaround for glasses and much-needed vision care,