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Redskins Offer Health Screenings, Evaluation To Military Personnel

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

The Washington Redskins hosted approximately 1,500 active and retired military personnel at FedEx Field on Saturday for their fourth annual Timeout For Military Veterans’ Health, which offered free health screenings and education.

Attendees were able to tour the Redskins’ stadium, including the locker room, and were visited by former Redskins linebacker Ken Harvey, offensive lineman Ron Saul and running back Ricky Ervins.

“A lot of people are recognizing the veterans for serving the country and protecting the home front,” said Gerald Chase, an Army veteran. “It’s giving back.”

The event was sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, the team’s largest health and wellness partner, and was administered by physicians and staff from the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine.

“Most vets, first of all are men,” said Andrea C. Harrison, a Prince George’s County council member. “Men have difficulty in dealing with heath issues. It’s very difficult to get men to the doctor, it’s difficult for them to open themselves up to that level of personally scrutiny so to speak. It’s not so much that they don’t know, it’s just that they don’t try with health. I think most men are trained from growing up just to deal with whatever may be going on and may not necessarily realize that they are having some serious health issues.”

Harvey, who played linebacker from 1994-99, enjoyed being at the event.

“I am honored to be a part of the Timeout for Military Veterans’ Health event and give back those military service members who have done so much for our country,” Harvey said. “My wife served in the Navy for four years, so this event really hits home. It is nice to know the Redskins, GlaxoSmithKline and all the other Redskins health and wellness partners are doing their part to help military members, veterans and their families live healthier lifestyles.”