Elections 2017


Candidate Platforms - Election 2017

President Elect (2017-2018)

Rock Munsee munsee

President Elect Platform

Rock A. Munsee, MPAS, PA-C

Couple of years ago as President, I pledged to move the Veterans Caucus forward in strategic planning, making our organization more financially prepared for the future to continue the Topics in the Tropic, the scholarship program, and the Memorial Day ceremony. At that time, the BOD was looking at a transition for the organizing and planning of the Topics in the Tropics and the AAPA annual conference was moving to a different week away from our traditional Memorial Day ceremony. We were also looking at ways to build our membership for the future and communicate more efficiently within the organization.

Those were hefty goals to pursue but the Caucus leadership during my tenure as President and my successor moved forward and worked on building a workable budget, prepared to take over the organization and planning of the Topics in the Tropics, and transitioned the Memorial Ceremony. We have been trying to streamlined the HOD position for continuity and worked on other veteran physician assistant initiatives such as the Physician Assistant Memorial Garden project.

As I finish up my tenure as the Past President, my vision for the Veterans Caucus is still not completed and there is more that needs to be accomplish. For example, I would like to see the Caucus and the VA Physician Assistant organization come together to serve the veteran on a common ground. The Caucus leadership could be more involved with the leadership of the AAPA and PAEA in the changing health care environment so we have more of a national voice. Lastly, we must continue our foundation as an organization and build the scholarship and CME programs and honor those veterans who have served in the past, present, and in the future.

Therefore, I submit myself as a candidate for President Elect again to continue that charge to accomplish these goals.



Rock A. Munsee, MPAS, PA-C
Past President



Directors-at-Large (2017-2019)

Matthew Conde m.conde

I am a 1988 graduate of the US Army PA program in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. I have been a Fellow of TAPA for 30 years, am a lifetime member of the Veterans Caucus and a current Distinguished Fellow with AAPA. 

Recently a Retired Colonel of the US Army having served as Battalion PA for Armor and Mechanized Infantry and Senior PA for the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Light).

Additionally, I have served as preceptor to numerous PA students in my 29 years of Emergency and Family Medicine.

As a member of the Veterans Caucus Board, I would:

  • Work to enhance PA full practice authority
  • Work to improve care to Veterans and reduce claims processing time
  • Recommend candidates for PA school selection
  • Work to reduce Veterans suicide by pushing for improved mental health access
  • Work for enhanced access to the Veterans Choice Program

Matthew J. Conde, MS, PA-C
Colonel, SP, USA (RET)

Robert Nydam r.nydam

Veterans Caucus of the AAPA platform statement for Robert Nydam, PA-C

Although I am a new PA-C, just over a year I am not new to medicine. I graduated PA school after retiring from the Air Force. I have previously served on the board as the student representative. During that time, I was able to start the conversation on mentorship and reaching out in the digital age to the next generation of PA. I would very much like to continue down that path and have a few ideas about mentoring. Resume writing workshop, whether online or in person at Topics would be helpful. From my personal experience, I know how hard it is to translate military jargon in the civilian world, and I know there are some great resources within the Veterans Caucus to lean on. POD casts seem to be growing in popularity, that may also be a way to reach out to a wider audience and gain support. Regardless of the outcome of the election, it is my intention to promote the Veterans Caucus at every opportunity. Thank you for your consideration.

Robert (Bob) Nydam, PA-C

If you are eligible to vote in this years Veterans Caucus Election, you have already recieved an email with the directions and link for online voting.


FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

82 FR 4173 - A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department published on 01/13/2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or...  SEE LINK ABOVE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION


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)

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

What is a “caucus” and what do they do? Webster’s defines “Caucus” as 1) part of a legislative process; 2) any meeting or group organized to further a special interest or cause. The AAPA has several Special Interest Caucuses who support various issues. So AAPA members who are veterans, friends or family of veterans, care for veterans, or are simply interested in veteran’s health or any veteran’s issues are eligible to become a member of the Veteran’s Caucus (known from this point as “the Caucus”) of the AAPA.

To read more: Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Women in Uniform Print

Women in Uniform

New in the Veterans Caucus Store

a signed, numbered print of "Women in Uniform" by artist Don Pedersen, PA.  The print is 18"x24" and perfect for framing. A limited number are available at this time.

It celebrates the many roles played by women over the years in service to their country. The print has been signed by many women veterans.

Offered in the Veterans Caucus Store for $75.00 (including S&H). $50.00 of each sale with be donated to the efforts to expand and upgrade the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants located in Durham, NC.



Effective immediately, the Veterans Caucus is offering free membership to ALL veterans enrolled in a Physician Assistant Training program. Use this link to JOIN US.

The Veterans Caucus hopes this will become the start of a long realtionship between the Caucus and you.

Frederick C. Brace, III, PA-C, DFAAPA
Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Date posted 1/25/2016

Veterans Garden Pavers

Subject:  Purchase a Paver to Honor PA Veterans and PAs in the Uniformed Services

Donation of brick for Bubba Gwinn scanned info.pdf page 1
On October 15, 2016, landscaping and construction will begin to upgrade the Veteran Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants into a place of remembrance for Physician Assistants who are veterans or who are currently serving in the uniformed services of the USA.   The PA History Society welcomes all to become a part of this wonderful event by purchasing name engraved brick pavers to be embedded in the wheelchair accessible walkway and the patio area surrounding the life-size bronze combat medic statue and flagpole, the centerpiece of the garden. 

  Beginning July 1st 2016 through October 1, 2016 we are offering the opportunity to purchase a 9x9 inch named engraved brick pavers to PAs who are veterans or who are on active duty for $100 each.  We have the capacity to embed 400 pavers in the sidewalk and patio, so please do not delay in purchasing pavers so that your name or that of someone you want to honor is displayed prominently in the garden.  The insignia of your branch of service, name and date of service can be engraved on the paver.  For more information on this project, and to  order your pavers, please visit  the PA History Website at http://pahx.org/.