Dear Colleagues-Friends,

For more than a century, November 11 has served as a reminder to honor all of those who have – and continue to – step forward to defend our country. From the front lines of battle to disaster relief efforts, the men and women of our Armed Forces have answered the call to protect and serve, no matter what the personal costs might be.

We are proud to be able to help support and serve veterans in our local community and across the nation through our long-standing partnership with the Veterans Health Administration. Members of our faculty provide clinical care through the Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health System, serve as national VA directors across a number of specialties and conduct research to help improve the lives and well-being of service members. Additionally, hundreds of our residents and students train with the VA each year.

Our thanks go to Dr. David Cifu for underscoring the importance of this longstanding partnership in this article on our website. Dr. Cifu’s synopsis and enthusiasm is well matched by an earlier newspaper editorial by Mr. Charles Bryan Jr., which extolls this relationship and its great potential.

We also greatly benefit as a school, university and health system from having faculty, staff and students who have answered the call to military service for our nation. They are a model and inspiration for selfless service and bring the core values of duty, honor and service to bear in all they do in support of our tripartite mission. We are grateful to be able to highlight just a few of our veteran colleagues in this photogallery as they share what they gained from their time in the military.

I hope you will join me in recognizing those who have served, and use this Veterans Day as an opportunity to share your heartfelt thanks with them for all that they have given in service to us all.

With gratitude,

Pter F. Buckley, M.D.; Dean, VCU School of Medicine; Executive vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System