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A Veterans Day Tribute

Air Force Drill Team

Caption: United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team at NIH
Credit: Bill Branson, NIH

Today, we celebrate Veterans Day. On this special day, let us pause and salute all who have served and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by members of the U.S. armed forces and their families to preserve our freedom.

This occasion also gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the many important contributions of the veterans who are now working here at NIH. Currently, our agency employs about 1,000 veterans and is making a concerted effort to add even more to our ranks. As a result of these outreach and recruitment efforts, NIH hired 122 veterans during fiscal year 2014… 48 of whom were disabled veterans, I’m proud to report.

As is the case for everyone who works at NIH, these veterans are using their knowledge, skills, and experience to help advance NIH’s mission. In fact, I’d like to share a thought from one of these veterans, Jayne Lura-Brown, a program analyst at our National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In her profile on the “Jobs at NIH” web site, this Navy veteran says: “No matter what level or type of career we find ourselves in, NIH has something for us—that something that we all want, which is the chance, or another chance—to do something meaningful and to continue to be a part of something GREAT.”

For Jayne and other NIH veterans, their next chance includes pursuing medical, hospital, dental, and public health careers. Their new mission is to fight cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other common disabling disorders, bringing their unique military training and resolve to help turn scientific discoveries into better health for all.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.