Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Veterans Caucus Scholarships Available -- 2016-17 Award Cycle

The following scholarships will be offered during the 2016-17 cycle.  

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 women and whom Dr. Moritsugu describes as the “wind beneath his wings”.

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 this scholarship.

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.     

Lt. Col David Gwinn/Veterans Caucus Memorial 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. It is awarded annually in memory of Lt. Col. David Gwinn. David was loved by everyone who knew him. He helped develop the Veterans Caucus and served in every capacity on the Board until his untimely death.

The 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.

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 and Jodi Grogan, children of Rodney and his wife. This scholarship is open to an outstanding veteran or dependent of a veteran from any branch of the military. 

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.

Society of Army Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This 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. 

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. This scholarship is awarded in memory of Jerry Reed, Tony DiTomasso and David Gwinn.

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 a 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.

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. 

 

 


 
 

Military Exchange Online (8/20/2016)

Military Times: Pentagon closer to extending generous new benefit to millions of veterans

 

Karen Jowers, Military Times    6:35 p.m. EDT August 15, 2016

Plans are progressing to extend online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans, Military Times has learned.

The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board voted unanimously Aug. 9 to recommend the policy change, sources said. Extended shopping privileges would apply only to the exchange system's online stores — not brick-and-mortar facilities located on military installations.


The Pentagon did not immediately confirm the board’s move, and it’s unclear what its next steps will be. Officials have said previously that they'd like to implement the expanded benefit on Veterans Day 2017.

Exchanges operate as discount department stores for the military community. Currently, access is authorized only for active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard personnel, retirees, veterans who are 100 percent disabled and immediate family members. Officials estimate that's about 10 percent of the nation's 21.7 million veterans.

If the plan proceeds, the Defense Manpower Data Center would be called on to verify veterans' status so they can shop at the exchange online.

The idea was proposed in May 2014 by Army and Air Force Exchange Service CEO Tom Shull, who touted it as a way to provide a modest benefit to veterans who didn’t serve long enough to retire from the military, including a number who have served multiple tours in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Navy Exchange Service Command CEO and retired Rear Adm. Robert Bianchi and Cindy Whitman Lacy, director of the Marine Corps Business and Support Services Division, have said they support the idea.

This would also benefit those currently serving, officials have said. Any increase in exchange profits would generate more money for the service's morale, welfare and recreation programs. According to one analysis, the exchanges could see an increase of $18 million to $72 million if online shopping is extended to all veterans.

Generally, about half of the exchanges' profits go to MWR dividends, and the rest goes to capital reinvestment in the exchanges, such as renovations and construction.

 



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