The PA profession has deep roots in the military. The first class of PAs in 1965 was made up of four Navy Hospital corpsmen.
According to recent AAPA data, there are approximately 10,900 PAs in the workforce who are veterans, active duty or retired military, or in the National Guard or Reserves—comprising approximately 11 percent of the PA workforce.
In honor of Veterans Day, we are releasing a package of materials on veterans including videos, personal stories from PA veterans, job programs and resources for treating veterans.
Below are some materials we hope you find useful whether you are a military or civilian PA.
- John Betz, PA-C, Othello, Wash. (University of Washington)
- Denni Woodmansee, PA-C (PA Professional magazine)
- Lt. Col. Melanie Ellis, PA-C (PA Professional magazine)
- Verdale Benson, PA-C (PA Professional magazine)
- Senior Airman Megan Stanton (PA Professional magazine)
- Rear Adm. Epi Elizondo, PA-C (PAs Connect)
- Maj. Terri Goodman Gurrola (PA Professional magazine)
Traumatic brain injury
- Professional resources (BrainLine)
- Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Information for medical providers (Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center)
Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Resources for professionals (National Center for PTSD)
- Online course: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Their Families (Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy)
- Suicide Prevention for Veterans (PAs Connect)
- Military Caregivers (AAPA’s Learning Central)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Combat Veterans (AAPA’s Learning Central)
- Warrior-Centric Healthcare Training (AAPA’s Learning Central)
Veteran job programs
- Employment resources (Joining Forces Initiative)
- Transition assistance (Military OneSource)
- PA education for veterans (PA Focus)
- Hospital Careers: An Opportunity to Hire Veterans (American Hospital Association – AAPA was a partner in creating this resource)