By Jamie Chang
Blake Nosratian ’13 was named a “Cool Kid” by KABC for his volunteer work at the Veteran Affairs Health Care System.
KABC names youths who have inspired and helped out in their communities “Cool Kids.”
“My job was to interview the patients to gather the necessary data to make recommendations to the hospital administration on how to streamline health care delivery at the VA,” Nosratian said.
He started volunteering last year after a friend recommended it to him. After conversing with veterans, Nosratian made suggestions to the hospital administration to improve patient flow and the coordination of patient care.
Nosratian also led a project to collect magazines from local schools and libraries and update the issues weekly so the veterans could read while waiting.
While interviewing the veterans, Nosratian made personal connections with them.
He said he learned that although they are “remarkable human beings, the patriots, heroes and protectors of our country are devoid of the most basic necessities, such as the ability to provide themselves with proper clothing for a job interview.”
Nosratian said he is “now on a mission to provide some of what our veterans need.”