Hot News - 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony

The Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM in the Boston Convention and Exposition Center, Level 3, Grand Ballroom. This event is being held during the national AAPA Conference IMPACT 2014 in Boston, MA. celebrating 34 years of the AAPA Veterans Caucus. We will pay tribute to our fallen cmardes. Seating begins promptly at 4:45PM

The Memorial Day Reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Pre-Function room immediately adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. Plan to stay and enjoy refreshments and camaraderie. During the reception the Caucus we will have our annual auction to benefit the Caucus Scholarship Fund. Items up for grabs will be announced soon.



Monday, May 26, 2014, Boston Convention and Exposition Center, Level 3, Grand Ballroom. Boston, MA. 

“Boston: Beacon of Liberty Then and Now”

1645:   Gathering Music

1700:   Seating of Distinguished Guests

1705:   Presentation of the Colors:  Color Guard

1710:   National Anthem:  Choir of St’s Mary and Joseph, Salem, MA

1715:   Opening Prayer: Jack Pike PA-C, FCPA, President

1720:   Opening Remarks and Welcome of Distinguished Guests Miguel V Valdez PA-C, Major, USAF (Ret.)

1725:    Welcome address and introduction of Keynote speaker: Vicki Chan-Padgett PA-C, Maj. USAF, Ret. President Veterans Caucus.

1730:   Speaker: Dixie Patterson PA-C "We: Being a part of something bigger"


1750:    “Home of the Brave” Composed and Performed by Rodney Richmond PA-C, Capt. NGB (Ret.) 

1755:     Reading:  Chuck Haney PA-C Director at Large, Veterans Caucus                                                                                                                                                                                        

1757:    Roll Call: Cheryl Gregorio PA-C, Col. USAF Ret.

1807:     Reading:  Marcos Otero PA-C Maj, USAF, Ret.

1809:    Introduction: “Mansions of the Lord”  John Padgett, Maj., USA. Ret.

1811:    “Mansions of the Lord” film clip

1820:    “America’s White Table” Steve Lackie PA-C,  Maj. USAF Ret. 

1825:    Taps: Bugler

1828:    Scholarship Announcements:  Rock Munsee PA-C, Major, USAF Ret.

1848:   Presentation of  Awards Michael Gallagher PA-C, Major, USAF Ret. President-Elect Veterans Caucus

1858:   Closing Remarks: Gino Gianola  PA-C, Treasurer, Veterans Caucus.

1900:   Retiring of the Colors: Color Guard

   1905:   Closing Song: “God Bless the USA”: Everyone please join hands and sing along with

 Rodney Richmond, Choir St’s Mary and Joseph, Salem, MA.

1910:    Distinguished guests and BOD depart


The winning ticket for the free tripto Topics in the Tropics CME Conference in Cancun, Mexico will be drawn during our social reception immediately following the ceremony.


Please plan to stay and enjoy some refreshments.

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