Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

2013 Scholarship Winners

2012-13 cycle AAPA Veterans Caucus Scholarship Selectees

Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award is in honor of the memory of the late wife of RADM Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, whose life was cut short by a tragic auto accident. Donna was a multi-talented woman and whom Dr. Moritsugu describes as the “wind beneath his wings”. $1000

j.lacore   Winner: Jonathan D LaCore with Virginia Snyder, PhD, PA-C

 

Program Director: Virginia Snyder, PhD, PA-C
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Physician Assistant Program
750 Highland Ave
Madison, WI  53705

Vikki Lianne Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is made in honor of the late Vikki Moritsugu, loving daughter of RADM Dr. Kenneth and the late Donna Moritsugu. The Moritsugu family and friends remember Vikki’s passion for life and learning through scholarship. $1000

k.shirley  

Winner: Kaleena L. Shirley with Gilbert A. Boissonneault, PhD, PA-C and Faculty

Program Director: Gilbert A. Boissonneault, PhD, PA-C
Medical University of South Carolina, PA Studies
151 Rutledge Avenue, Building B, MSC 962
Charleston, SC  29425-9620

SSgt Craig Ivory Memorial Scholarship/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Pat and Terri Ivory to honor the memory of their son Craig, Army medic who passed away in Iraq. $2000

t.notto   Winner: Thomas C Notto with Thomas Colletti, MPAS, PA-C 

 

Program Director: Thomas Colletti, MPAS, PA-C
Campbell University PA Program
191 Main Street
Buies Creek, NC 27506

Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This Scholarship is provided by the members of the Veterans Caucus and recognizes the achievements of an outstanding veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in PA training. $2000

j.jenkins   Winner: John W Jenkins with Christine Robohm, MS, PA-C 

 

Program Director: Christine Robohm, MS, PA-C
Carroll University Master of Science in PA Studies Program
100 N. East Ave
Waukesha, WI  53186

Lt. Col. David Gwinn/Veteran Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible through the contributions of friends of Lt. Col. David Gwinn who contributed in his memory upon his untimely death. It is for a deserving veteran of any of the US Air Force. David was loved by everyone who knew him. He helped developed the Veterans Caucus and served in every capacity on the Board until his death. $2000

j.boyd   Winner: JoAnna G Boyd (r) with Eric Vangsnes, PhD, PA-C 

 

Program Director: Eric Vangsnes, PhD, PA-C
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI  49008-5254

Grogan Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Rodney Grogan and his wife in the memory of CMSgt USAF retired Kenneth Grogan and his wife Ernestine and Bryce Grogan, son of Rodney and his wife. This scholarship is open to an outstanding veteran or dependent of a veteran from any branch of the military. $2000

k.oconnor   Winner: Kevin M. OConnor with Lisa Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA-C 

 

Program Director: Lisa Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA-C
George Washington University PA Program
900 23rd St. NW #6188
Washington, DC  20037

American Legion Post 40, Danville Pennsylvania/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the American Legion Post 40 in Danville Pennsylvania for an outstanding veteran of the United States military currently enrolled in a PA training program. $2000

l.johnson   Winner: Latasha Johnson with Christy Eskes, MPA, PA-C

 

Program Director: Christy Eskes, MPA, PA-C
Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions
Dept of Physician Assistants
Evans Hall Room 201
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Bruce Cunningham/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is given by Bruce Cunningham (Navy) and the Veterans Caucus for a qualifying veteran of any military branch. $2000

d.krause   Winner: Darick W. Krause with Grace Landel

 

Program Director: Grace Landel
Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants/Veteran Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by the members of the Society of Army Physician Assistants and Veterans Caucus to honor a veteran Physician Assistant student who served with distinction in the United States Air Force. This scholarship is awarded in memory of Jerry Reed, Tony DiTomasso and David Gwinn. $2000.00

k.abel   Winner: Kristofer Abel

Program Director: Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C
MEDEX Northwest
4540 8th Avenue NE #200
Seattle, WA 98105

Society of Army Physician Assistants/Veteran Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by the members of the Society of Army Physician Assistants and Veterans Caucus to honor a veteran Physician Assistant student who served with distinction in the United States Army. $2000

j.thompson   Winner: Jason J Thompson (r) with Eric Vangsnes, PhD, PA-C 

Program Director: Eric Vangsnes, PhD, PA-C
Western Michigan University of PA Program
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5254

Dallas and Donna Lipscomb/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is given by Dallas (Air Force) and Donna Lipscomb for a qualifying veteran who is a single parent and if none applies than it goes to an Air Force Veteran. $2000

l.williams   Winner: Luke Williams

Program Director: Dana Sayre-Stanhope, Ed D. PA-C
Emory University PA Program
1462 Ckifton Rd NE
Atlanta,GA 30322

SSgt. Robert V. Milner Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship provided by Rear Admiral Mike Milner, PA-C Public Health Service and his wife Patricia Castillo, PA-C, recognizes either a US Air Force veteran or dependent of a US Air Force veteran enrolled in PA training. This scholarship serves to memorialize the life and faithful service to his country of his father, SSgt Robert V. Milner, USAF who served during the Korean War and the Berlin Airlift operations and acknowledges his father’s dedicated service to his community, friends, and country. $2000

t.dickens   Winner: Tamika R Dickens With Karen Hills, MS, PA-C

Program Director: Karen Hills, MS, PA-C
Duke University PA Program
DUMC 104780
Durham, NC 27710

Jesse Edwards Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Jesse Edwards Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship is given by family and friends of the late Jesse Edwards. He was an avid PA educator at the University of Nebraska, Omaha who blazed the path for the first Physician Assistant Master’s online program. His foresight into the needs of the physician assistant profession provided many PAs the opportunity to advance their education. $1000

j.koch    Winner: Jason R Koch with Wade Nilson

Program Director: Wade Nilson, MPAS, PA-C
The University of South Dakota Dept of PA Studies
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

George and Linda Famiglio Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is made to honor the memory of George and Linda Famiglio, parents of Dr. Linda Famiglio who has had a positive impact on the Veterans Caucus and the physician assistant profession both financially and educationally. This scholarship serves to recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by any deserving member of the military who currently is enrolled in a PA training program. $1500.00

j.padgett    Winner: Jeffrey J. Padgett

Program Director: Thomas Parish, DHsC, PA-C
Eastern Virginia Medical School PA Program
651 Colley Avenue, Suite 343
Norfolk, VA 23507

Jeremiah Tenhet US Army Military Intelligence/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

Dos Amigos - Ken Gartze/Tim Egan/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by SFC Richard A. Tenhet (US Army) and his wife Blanca R. Tenhet, PA-C (US Army). This scholarship serves to recognize the achievement of an outstanding veteran or dependent of a US Army veteran, whom has served in Afghanistan and is enrolled in a PA training program. This scholarship serves to recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by members of the US Army who served in Afghanistan. $1000.00 This scholarship is made possible through the contributions of friends of Mr. Gartzke who contributed in his memory upon his untimely death. It is for deserving veteran of any of the Uniformed Services. Both Mr Gartzke and Mr Egan served in the Air Force and Mr Gartzke also served in the Army Reserve. They both were on the Board of the Veterans Caucus for many years. $2000
Winner: Bradley A. Maddy Winner: Steven R. Souders

 

 

 

Left to right in photo:
Christopher Cooper, PA-C, Veteran USAF
Michael Nye, PA-C, Veteran USMC (2006 Veteran's Caucus Scholarship Awardee)
Brad Maddy (2013 Veteran's Caucus Scholarship Awardee)
Steven Souders (2013 Veteran's Caucus Scholarship Awardee)
Hank Lemke, PA-C, USAF Retired
Thom Diver, PA-C, USA Retired
Program Director: Hanke Lemke, DHSc, PA-C
University of North Texas Health Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX  76107

 

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

(1/21/2017)

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.

 

FREE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

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
Secretary
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/.