Student Vet Groups to Focus on Healthcare Needs

April 9, 2012

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., two UA-student veterans’ groups, Med Vets and Law School Vets, will co-host a free public seminar to detail specific issues in serving veteran populations. Putting a Face on Veterans’ Healthcare, with guest speaker, Dr. Richard Carmona, will be held in Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

There is a growing divide between the civilian and military populations. A 2010 study revealed that less than 1% of the total US population had served in the post-9/11 wars. As veterans become a smaller and smaller segment of society, fewer and fewer civilians gain any meaningful exposure to the particular needs of veterans. The unfortunate result can be that healthcare practitioners are unfamiliar with a population that greatly needs them.

By putting a face on veterans’ healthcare, the groups hope to provide current and future healthcare providers with a greater understanding of what vets have experienced, and how those experiences can impact vets and their families. The seminar will offer an insight into veterans that will be useful in building a rapport between practitioner and patient.

Featured speaker Dr. Richard Carmona is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, a trauma surgeon, founding trauma director for the UA trauma care system, and a distinguished professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Carmona is a decorated Green Beret who twice earned the Purple Heart and other decorations for his nation.

Med Vets and Law School Vets are student organizations within their respective Colleges. The membership of both groups is primarily Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The groups share the goal of supporting returning veterans, both within the student population and the community at large.