Honoring and thanking veterans for their service to our nation

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Today, we pause to honor and thank veterans for their service to our nation.

Thanks to them, we are free to educate, create, innovate, and stay true to our mission of improving the human condition.

As a place with ties to the military for over 180 years, VCU and VCU Health work to educate and heal current military members, veterans, and their loved ones. I am grateful for those who chose to continue their education and further develop their professional skills at VCU. For example, today’s VCU News story features the Pais brothers and their continuing commitment to service as they work toward their shared goal of becoming physicians. I am grateful for their scholarship and work to improve health outcomes for humanity.

Across VCU, we join in their commitment. In September, VCU was awarded a grant to study long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injuries on service members and veterans, an ongoing health issue that shows no signs of abating. The Long-term Impact of Military-relevant Brain Injury Consortium (LIMBIC) grant, funded by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and led by Dr. David Cifu, includes others universities, Veterans Administration hospitals across the nation, and the military. VCU student and U.S. Army veteran Joe Montanari, brings critical expertise to the study as military coordinator and TBI survivor.

I am also thankful that VCU’s Military Student Services office provides exceptional service to veterans, active-duty soldiers, and their family members. Programming, services and training help us as we work to ensure we meet the needs of a university community that is constantly evolving.

I extend heartfelt gratitude to those who are serving, who have served, and to their loved ones. You have given so much that makes it possible for us to continue our work to promote the human condition through education and world-class healthcare.