The Annual Memorial Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:30PM in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Stars at Night Ballroom. This event is being held during the national 2016 AAPA Conference in San Antonio, TX. celebrating 36 years of the AAPA Veterans Caucus. This years theme will be "Remember our Roots." Seating begins promptly at 3:45PM

The Memorial Reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Prefunction Terrace directly adjacent to the Stars at Night 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 16, 2016, San Antonio, Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
Stars At Night Ballroom
“Remember Our Roots”

1545:   Gathering Music

Seating of Distinguished Guests

Presentation of the Colors:  Federal Services Color Guard, T J Bonjour, PA-C, LtCol. USAF

            National Anthem:  Audience—Lyrics will be displayed on the large screen 

            Opening Prayer: Jack Pike PA-C, President, FCPA 

Welcome address and introduction of Keynote speaker: Rock Munsee PA-C, Major USAF (Ret.), President, AAPA Veterans Caucus

Keynote Speaker: “Lifesavers Then…Caregivers Now: The Legacy of the PA        Profession” Kenneth R. Harbert Ph.D., PA, Founding Member Veterans Caucus, Dean South College PA Program

Keynote Speaker: “Back to our Roots, for Today’s Troops” Rubina DaSilva PA-C, President Veterans Affairs PA Association

            “Roots”: Composed and Performed by Rodney Richmond PA-C , Capt. NGB (Ret)

Reading: “A Memorial Day Poem, by C W Johnson”: Charles Haney PA-C, President-Elect-2016-2017, AAPA Veterans Caucus

            Roll Call: Fred Brace PA-C, Captain, USAF (Ret.), Secretary, AAPA Veterans Caucus

            Taps: Bugler from 323rd Army Band, JBSA, Fort Sam Houston, TX

            “Have You Thanked a Veteran?”:  Stephen Berry Video

            “America’s White Table”, Cheryl Gregorio PA-C, Col. USAF (Ret), President Elect, AAPA Veterans Caucus 

            Scholarship Announcements:  Rodney Grogan PA-C, Major USAF (Ret), Director-at-Large, AAPA Veterans Caucus 

Presentation of Awards Rock Munsee PA-C, Chuck Haney PA-C AAPA Veterans Caucus

            Closing Remarks: Chuck Haney PA-C

            Retiring of the Colors: Federal Services Color Guard, T J Bonjour PA-C, LtCol USAF

               Closing Song: “God Bless the USA”

               Everyone please join hands and sing along

Distinguished Guests and AAPA Veterans Caucus Board of Directors depart


The winning ticket for the free trip to Topics in the Tropics CME Conference in Puerto Vallarta, 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