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Kaiser Permanente member Ken Kushner doesn’t consider himself a hero. The three-time Purple Heart recipient for his service during the Vietnam war is humble when discussing his 13 months in action where he was wounded multiple times and ultimately left with a permanent brain injury as well as other severe medical problems. After returning home and suffering with the aftermath of his injuries for five years, weekly seizures finally forced him to undergo life-threatening brain surgery that resolved the issue but left him partially blind without a left field of vision in either eye. Despite that, he doesn’t complain, yet simply states that, “Whenever you go to war, you don’t come back unchanged.”
Prior to losing his sight, Ken had led an active life. He graduated with a business degree in 1975 and started a successful furniture business. But after losing his sight and spending three months at the VA’s Western Blind Center, at the age of 26 he was told he was unemployable and would be on Disability for the rest of his life. However, after meeting others there with even worse injuries, he was determined that he would do something with his life.
It was shortly after this that he met his wife, Bebe, and they married in 1977. The couple lived in the Santa Rosa area and Bebe was covered through Kaiser Permanente. Ken still had many ongoing issues from the aftermath of his injuries and, even though he received care through the VA, she was convinced he could get better care at Kaiser Permanente. She signed Ken up as a member through her coverage plan and Ken began his treatment immediately, first getting much-needed surgery to remove shrapnel that was still causing him pain.
From that moment on, Ken became a dedicated KP member. “I have loved it ever since,” he said. In addition to surgery, Ken began treatment through the behavioral health department for PTSD, something that was life-changing for him. He is a strong advocate for PTSD awareness and feels that his ongoing care through the behavioral health department at Kaiser Permanente has had a significant impact on his life.
When Ken and Bebe moved to Camarillo more than a decade ago, she was determined to maintain Kaiser Permanente coverage for the family. Although she had job opportunities closer to home, she decided to accept a position with the Ventura Unified School District which meant a significant commute every day in order to keep their Kaiser Permanente benefits. Ken quickly found great local KP physicians and was happy to discover the same excellent care in his new hometown. Ken credits his Camarillo and Woodland Hills care team - Dr. Oltita Tirzamin, primary care physician, Dr. Mingfei Luo, endocrinology, Dr. Tom Letvinchuck, psychotherapist, Dr. Julia Krankl, psychiatrist, and Adan Valencia, physical therapist - for providing him with a quality of life he might not have without the exceptional care they provide. He also has special words of praise for Dr. Michael Chang, an LAMC-based thoracic surgeon, who provided corrective surgery to relieve stomach problems from which he had been suffering for many years.
Ken is still active today and giving back to the community as he vowed to do so many years ago. Over the years he has donated countless hours to numerous food pantries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and as Commander of the Purple Heart Chapter and Viet Nam Veterans Chapter. He has never allowed his disabilities to hold him back from service and he is especially thankful to Kaiser Permanente for helping him maintain his health in order to live a full and active life. “The thing about Kaiser Permanente is that they treat the whole person,” said Ken. “Everyone always has a smile and is always welcoming. It makes me feel like they truly care.”
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Prevention is about staying healthy, and preventing or delaying disease. Wellness is living your best life. Kaiser Permanente Ventura County is here to help you stay healthy and live your best life. There are many things you can do to take an active role in your prevention plan to stay healthy and thrive through all stages of life.