Dear colleagues,

Veterans Day reminds us of the contributions and sacrifice of those who have served our nation. We call on members of our Armed Forces to be on the front lines of our most pressing emergencies and to risk their lives to protect and preserve the freedoms we enjoy. And they answer that call.

As the proud grandson of a military veteran, I consider it an honor to have current and former military service members in our school, university and health system as faculty, staff, students and trainees. These individuals embody the core values of duty, honor and service by providing the support, training and compassionate care that defines our mission.

A model of these principles can be found in our longstanding 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, many of our residents and students train at the VA each year, gaining valuable experience while providing essential care.

We owe a tremendous debt to our veterans. We could not do our jobs -- and live the lives we enjoy today – if they hadn’t done theirs. Please join me in thanking those who have served, and in supporting their families and futures.

With gratitude,

Arturo P. Saavedra, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System