Veterans Caucus of the AAPA




    John Betz, PA-C, a veteran and graduate from the first MEDEX Physician Assistant class retires after 44 years from the 14th Avenue Clinic, Othello, WA.

    See his full story here: John Betz, PA-C


Lifetime Membership

Lifetime Membership Availability

The Board of Directors has approved the option for Lifetime Membership to the Veterans Caucus for a limit period of time for the following categories: Fellow, Affiliate and Associate Members. See the Membership menu option for further information. Effective 1/1/2015 the Lifetime Membership fee will be $300.00. (11/9/2010)


By Jim Tice, Staff writer 3:21 p.m. EST December 1, 2014


Vietnam-era soldiers who faced punitive discharges because they suffered from post-traumatic stress are to be given liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued this directive to the Army Review Boards Agency, the service's highest level of administrative review for personnel actions.

For more info:


Excerpt from Army Times, 12/1/2014


VA Health Care:

Effective January 1, 2015 (back dated) all Veterans who apply for VA health Care will no longer need to count assets.
What Does This Mean – VA will only consider a veteran's previous year’s gross household income (earned and unearned income) and deductible expenses to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility for purposes of VA health care enrollment/benefit purposes. This is a potential game changer for many veterans who were reluctant to apply for VA health care due to asset disclosure requirements, and means that many veterans will not be burdened with large co-pays and decreased eligibility due to their assets.

John E. Padgett, PA-C, PhD
MAJ, US Special Forces (Ret)
Emeritus Founding Professor, Touro University Nevada

Touro Mobile Clinic Launch

Touro University Nevada School of Physician Assistant Studies launched a mobile clinic as an outreach to the homeless in our area. Vicki is the prime mover behind this project; it has been a dream of hers for years. We finally got some local funding to make it happen!  One day a week, I will be taking it to the Veterans' Village, our local homeless veterans facility. Here are some pictures of the launch. The students are everywhere!


Faculty Students

John E. Padgett, PA-C, PhD
MAJ, US Special Forces (Ret)
Founding Professor Emeritus, Touro University Nevada