Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

2014 Scholarship Winners

2013-14 Veterans Caucus Scholarship Winners

 

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. Ken 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.”

   Winner – Mirella Cortez

Program Director - Christy Eskes, DHSc, MPA, PA-C
Loma Linda University
Dept of Physician Assistant Sciences
24785 Stewart St, Evans Hall 201
Loma Linda, CA  92350

 

Vikki Lianne Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The 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 this scholarship.

     Winner – Bonnie Leksrisawat

Program Director – Lisa Mustone Alexander
George Washington University
900 23rd St. NW #6179
Washington DC, 20037

 

The Chan-Padgett Special Forces/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by Lt. Col John Padgett (USASF) and Major Vicki Chan-Padgett (USAF Ret) to a dependent or surviving spouse or child of a US Army Special Forces member enrolled in PA training or former Special Forces member if they are enrolled in PA training to recognize the courage, sacrifice, and duty to country demonstrated by members of the US Army Special Forces.

   Winner – Donald J. Smith

Program Director – Terry Scott
MEDEX Northwest
4311 11th Avenue NE Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98105

Lt Col David Gwinn/Veterans Caucus Memorial 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 the United States Air Force. David was loved by everyone who knew him. He helped develop the Veterans Caucus and served in every way possible.

   Winner – Chelsey E. Garrison

Program Director – Michael J De Rosa, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Samuel Merritt University, PA Program
450 30th Street
Oakland, California  94609

 

SSgt Craig Ivory Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

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

   Winner – Marisa C. Francois

Program Director – P. Eugene Jones, PhD, PA-C
UT Southwestern PA Program
5323 Harry Hines Blvd  Ste V4.114
Dallas, TX  75390-9090

 

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.

   Winner – Adam C. Cady

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

 

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.

   Winner – Michael Beauchaine

(Claire Hull, Antoinette Polito, Ted Ruback, Michael Beauchaine, Pat Kenney-Moore – pictured (l-r); Curt Stilp – not pictured)

Program Director – Ted Ruback, MS, PA-C
Oregon Health & Science University Physician Assistant Program, GH 219
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR  97239

 

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.

  Winner – Ian Drullard

( l to r) Mr. Edward Draper, Assistant Director, DYC Veterans Affairs Office; Ian Drullard, PA-S, recipient; Maureen Finney, EdD, PA-C, Chair DYC PA Dept.

Program Director – Maureen F. Finney, EdD, PA-C
D’Youville College Physician Assistant Department
320 Porter Ave
Buffalo NY  14201

 

Society of Army Physician Assistants/Veterans 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.

   Winner – Majorie Grace Fisher (Grace)

Program Director – Henry Stoll, PA-C
MEDEX Northwest PA Program at Tacoma WA
Box 358495
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA  98402

 

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

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

   Winner – Geoffrey B. Slater

Program Director – Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C
Child Health Association/Physician Assistant Program University of Colorado
13001 E 17th Place, Room E7010, MS F543
Aurora, CO  80045

 

Dallas and Donna Lipscomb/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This 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.

   Winner – Nathan T. Greene

Program Director – Terry Scott
MEDEX Northwest
4311 11th Avenue NE Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98105

 

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 PA s the opportunity to advance their education.

   Winner – Shey R. Howard

Program Director – Douglas Ander
Emory University Physician Assistant
1462 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA   30322

 

SSgt Robert V. Milner Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Rear Admiral Mike Milner, PA-C  Public Health Service retired and his wife Patricia Castillo, PA-C, recognizes either a United States Air Force veteran or dependent of an 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.

   Winner – Megan K. Laffitte

Program Director – Jennifer Pack, MMS, PA-C
University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE
University of Charleston, WV  25304

 

Student Acknowlegments

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From: Nathan Thomas Greene [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:26 PM
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Subject: Dallas and Donna Lipscomb Scholarship

Good afternoon,

I would like to thank you for selecting me for the Dallas and Donna Lipscomb Scholarship. This clinical year has been quite dventurous in learning and providing healthcare throughout Alaska. As such, travel throughout Alaska can be a tad pricey and this scholarship will help offset the cost of getting out there and getting it done.

Attached is a photo from our recent provider visit to Koyuk. Upcoming trips to St Michael and Shaktoolik are planned before ending my stint here at the Sub Regional Clinic in Unalakleet. Then we're out the door to deploy. Kris Abel (last year's recipient) and I will receive our graduation certificates overseas.

Is there additional contact information for Mr and Mrs Lipscomb? I would like to send them a thank you card as well. Otherwise I will sent it to the Veteran's Caucus PO Box.

Warmest regards from our Alaskan "Summer,"

N. Greene

 

 

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/.