The Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 25, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Lower B2 Level, Salon 8 & 9, Yerba Buena Ballroom. This event is being held during the national AAPA Conference IMPACT 2015 in San Francisco, CA. celebrating 35 years of the AAPA Veterans Caucus. This years theme will be "No One Left Behind." Seating begins promptly at 4:45PM

The Memorial Day Reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Lower B2 Level, Nob Hill A-D rooms directly across from the Grand Ballroom. Plan to stay and enjoy refreshments and camaraderie. During the reception the Caucus we will have our annual auction to benefit the Caucus Scholarship Fund. Items up for grabs will be announced soon.




Monday, May 25, 2015, San Francisco, Marriott Marquis, Lower Level B2, Salons 8 & 9, Yerba Buena Ballroom

“No One Left Behind”


1645:   Gathering Music

  • Seating of Distinguished Guests
  • Presentation of the Colors:  USPHS Color Guard, Mark McKinnon, Commander, USPHS
  • National Anthem:  Rodney Richmond PA-C, Captain NGB (Ret.) 
  • Opening Prayer: Jack Pike PA-C, President, FCPA  
  • Welcome address and introduction of Keynote speaker: Michael Gallagher PA-C, Major USAF (Ret.), President, Veterans Caucus
  • Speaker: “The hidden casualties of war; Bringing them all the way home.” Denni  Woodmansee: Director of Physician Assistant Services , Office of the ADUSH for Patient Care Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • “No One Left Behind” : Composed and Performed by Rodney Richmond PA-C, Captain NGB  (Ret.) 
  • Reading: “The Final Inspection”  Charles Haney PA-C, President-Elect, Veterans Caucus
  • Roll Call: Fred Brace PA-C, Captain. USAF (Ret.)
  • Taps: Bugler from Travis AFB, CA
  • “America”: Vivian A Clark-Jacobs, Former Major, Ohio Army National Guard
  • “America’s White Table”: Mark McKinnon PA-C, Commander, USPHS
  •  Reading: “The Fallen Soldier”, Cheryl Gregorio PA-C, Col. USAF (Ret)
  •  Scholarship Announcements:  Rodney Grogan PA-C,  Major USAF (Ret)
  •  Presentation of Awards Rock Munsee PA-C, Major USAF (Ret.), President-Elect Veterans Caucus
  • Closing Remarks: Rock Munsee PA-C, Major USAF (Ret), President-Elect, Veterans Caucus
  • Retiring of the Colors: USPHS Color Guard, Mark McKinnon, Commander, USPHS
  • Closing Song: “God Bless the USA”: Everyone please join hands and sing along with Rodney Richmond, PA-C, Captain NGB (Ret.)
  • Distinguished guests and BOD depart

The winning ticket for the  free trip  to Topics in the Tropics CME Conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will be drawn during our social reception immediately following the ceremony.

Please plan to stay and enjoy some refreshments.


FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

82 FR 4173 - A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department published on 01/13/2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or...  SEE LINK ABOVE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION


Women in Uniform Print

Women in Uniform

New in the Veterans Caucus Store

a signed, numbered print of "Women in Uniform" by artist Don Pedersen, PA.  The print is 18"x24" and perfect for framing. A limited number are available at this time.

It celebrates the many roles played by women over the years in service to their country. The print has been signed by many women veterans.

Offered in the Veterans Caucus Store for $75.00 (including S&H). $50.00 of each sale with be donated to the efforts to expand and upgrade the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants located in Durham, NC.



Effective immediately, the Veterans Caucus is offering free membership to ALL veterans enrolled in a Physician Assistant Training program. Use this link to JOIN US.

The Veterans Caucus hopes this will become the start of a long realtionship between the Caucus and you.

Frederick C. Brace, III, PA-C, DFAAPA
Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Date posted 1/25/2016

Veterans Garden Pavers

Subject:  Purchase a Paver to Honor PA Veterans and PAs in the Uniformed Services

Donation of brick for Bubba Gwinn scanned info.pdf page 1
On October 15, 2016, landscaping and construction will begin to upgrade the Veteran Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants into a place of remembrance for Physician Assistants who are veterans or who are currently serving in the uniformed services of the USA.   The PA History Society welcomes all to become a part of this wonderful event by purchasing name engraved brick pavers to be embedded in the wheelchair accessible walkway and the patio area surrounding the life-size bronze combat medic statue and flagpole, the centerpiece of the garden. 

  Beginning July 1st 2016 through October 1, 2016 we are offering the opportunity to purchase a 9x9 inch named engraved brick pavers to PAs who are veterans or who are on active duty for $100 each.  We have the capacity to embed 400 pavers in the sidewalk and patio, so please do not delay in purchasing pavers so that your name or that of someone you want to honor is displayed prominently in the garden.  The insignia of your branch of service, name and date of service can be engraved on the paver.  For more information on this project, and to  order your pavers, please visit  the PA History Website at