June 18, 2012:
As July 4 approaches, it's understandable that you might find yourself daydreaming about hot dogs and potato salad. But Independence Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the service of our nation's military members and veterans. The AOA is proud to be participating in the White House-sponsored Joining Forces initiative, a multi-faceted initiative launched earlier this year to encourage Americans to join together in supporting our veterans and their families.
Military service personnel and veterans have unique mental and physical health care needs, and so do their families. One critical part of the Joining Forces initiative is giving physicians and other health care providers the tools to address these patients' unique needs. Earlier this year, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and its 26 member schools, along with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and 105 of its member schools signed a pledge to work together to do just that.
First Lady Michelle Obama explained the collaboration this way: "Today, the nation’s medical colleges are committing to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools and research facilities that will make sure that our heroes receive care that is worthy of their service." Learn more about the specific goals participating medical colleges are pursuing as part of the initiative.
The AOA is pleased and honored that the osteopathic medical profession is partnering in this important initiative to give physicians new resources to care for our service members, veterans and their families. Read about the AOA's other public health initiatives, or learn about osteopathic physicians' unique approach to medicine.