Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

2016 Scholarship Winners

 

 

2015-16 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 – Elyse C Troxell(r) with Dr Parish

Program Director - Thomas Parish, DHSc, PA-C
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA 23507

 

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 – Miranda K. Zuhlke

Program Director - Virginia L. Snyder, PhD, PA-C
University of Wisconson - Madison
Madison, WI 53705

 

PFC Roger W. Cummins/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The PFC Roger W. Cummins scholarship is provided to the veteran, active duty, surviving spouse or child of a US Marine or Navy Corpsman who has served with the United States Marine Corps, who is currently enrolled in a PA training program. PFC Roger W Cummings was a highly motivated heroic individual who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country and fellow Marines and the scholarship serves as a living memorial to him.

   Winner – Benjamin J. Javery (r) with Dr Bottomly

Program Director –  George S. Bottomley, DVM, PA-C
Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program
Providence, RI

 

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 – Michelle J. Lee (l) with K Adams, M Statler and B Gebur

Program Director –  Michel Statler  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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 – James A. Chally

Program Director – Terry Scott, MPA, PA-C
MEDEX Northwest
Seattle, WA

 

Geisinger Nursing Department/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This Scholarship is provided by the members of the Geisinger Health System Nursing Department and recognizes the achievements of an outstanding veteran or a dependent of a veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in PA training.

   Winner – Emily Brennan

Program Director – Kirk Barron, PA-C, Ph.D
University of Texas, Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Frank M. Corcoran Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is to acknowledge the dedication to the Physician Assistant (PA) profession by Mr. Frank M. Corcoran (1936-2015). Frank was a former US Marine who became a pharmaceutical executive after leaving the Marine Corps. He was a strong supporter of Physician Assistants and became a good friend of the Veterans Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He will be remembered for his steadfast patriotism, his love of the US Marine Corps and his love of his wife, Kathleen, who along with many friends, family members and the Board of Directors of the Veterans Caucus, have made this scholarship possible. This scholarship is open to an outstanding US Navy or US Marine Corps Veteran who is enrolled in Physician Assistant Training.

   Winner – Teren W. A. Culbertson

Program Director – Karen A. Wright, PhD, PA-C
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20037

 

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 – Darra O. Markland (l) with Dr Cavenagh

Program Director –  John Cavenagh,  MBA, PhD., PA-C
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19131

 

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 – Kenneth Adams (middle) with M. Lee, M Statler and B Gebur

Program Director –  Michel Statler,  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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.

m.robinson.2   Winner – Marc R. Robinson (r)

Program Director –Karin Olson, PhD, PA-C
Eastern Michigan University,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

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 – Bethany Gebur (r) with M Lee, K Adams, and M Statlerr

Program Director –  Michel Statler  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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.

Abby looper   Winner – Abby C. Looper (r) with Rosalind Becker MS, PA-C (l)

Program Director – Rosalind Becker MS, PA-C
Wingate University
Wingate, NC

 

Student Acknowlegments

First, I wanted to thank you and your organization for choosing me for the SSgt Robert V. Milner Memorial scholarship. My family and I are so thankful for this award.

I wanted to get in touch with the Milner family to also thank them and was wondering if you would be able to provide me with an email address or P.O Box address so that I may send them a note.

Thank you!,
Abby Looper, PA-S

 
 

To the Veterans Caucus

Thank you so much for honoring me with the prestigious honor of being the Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Scholarship.  I would love to continue to be involved with the Veteran s Caucus in any way possible.  Feel free to contact me with any opportunity to give back.  Again, I sincerely appreciate this award.  Sincerely, Elyse
 
   

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/.