Tuesday, November 8, 2016

EVC Doug Girod: A Special Thank You to Veterans

As our nation prepares this Friday to officially honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans, I want to take a moment to share more about KU Medical Center's commitment to our veterans, especially our students, faculty, staff and alumni who have served our country.

For many on our campus and throughout our country, the Armed Forces has served as a catalyst to help them reach this point in their lives…a point in which they can share acquired knowledge with others or accept that knowledge in hopes of a better or more fulfilled life.

Each year, our campus finds ways to celebrate veterans’ contributions and say “thank you.” This week, there are activities taking place on the medical center campus as well as the KU campus in Lawrence. I invite you to attend these events and encourage you to find your own ways to thank those around you who have served us all by serving our country.

·         The Friesen Lecture in the History of Surgery
Justin Barr, M.D., Duke University
“Surgical Repair of Arteries in War and Peace, 1880–1960”
Thursday, Nov. 10
4 p.m. reception in the Clendening Foyer, 1000 Robinson
4:30 p.m. lecture in the Clendening Auditorium, 2004 Robinson
·         Veterans Week Activities at KU-Lawrence
In addition to the activities taking place this week, the Institute for Community Engagement, in collaboration with multiple departments on campus, offers a centralized resource in KU Medical Center’s Military and Veterans Affairs initiative. This resource is available year-round for all current and prospective military-connected students, staff and faculty who:
·         Are serving on Active Duty or in the Reserves or National Guard
·         Are military dependents
·         Are Gold Star family members

As a military veteran myself, I encourage our veterans and those who will be a part of the military in the future to take advantage of this resource. 

We are immensely proud of our veterans both on campus and across the country. As you enjoy this Friday off to observe Veteran’s Day, I hope you take the time to let our military, past and present, know how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice.

Douglas A. Girod, M.D., FACS
Executive Vice Chancellor

University of Kansas Medical Center