MUSC Presidential Update –Veterans Day 2022

Dear MUSC family,

Veterans Day is about honoring former military members who have served and reflecting on the sacrifices that have been made. It is also about thanking and elevating these diverse and heroic individuals who selflessly defended our country. Tomorrow, Nov. 11, we have an opportunity to pause in our daily lives to recognize and honor the critical contributions the U.S. armed forces make to protect us and those we love. MUSC will observe Veterans Day with a virtual program from 12 to 1 p.m.

Joseph Bernard, MUSC Health-Midlands Division’s chief operating officer and a retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot whose service included piloting Marine One during President Clinton’s administration, will share his thoughts on the significance of service.

Veterans Day is also an important reminder that, according to numerous data sources, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remains one of the top-five conditions that make daily life challenging for thousands of military veterans. I wanted to share a recent article I read about some interesting and hopeful clinical research happening at MUSC related to providing another treatment option for those who so bravely served us and who now need our help in return.

I hope you will find personal and meaningful ways to honor the veterans in your life. Although we will never be able to repay the debt we owe to the brave people who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and military reserves, we can find ways to express our gratitude to veterans, military members and their loved ones, who ultimately enable our ability to affect the lives of others.

To our MUSC veterans: THANK YOU for your strength, skill, sacrifice and commitment to duty in service of our country.

Yours in service,

David J. Cole, M.D., FACS
MUSC President