Honoring Recovery and Service

I received the following note this morning and I want to pass it along. The entire disability rights community owes a great deal to American war veterans who have pushed the envelope for disability rights and accommodations after each and every foreign war. Let's honor those who have served our country and in turn those who have worked assiduously to serve veterans.

The Veterans Health Administration has designated today, November 6, 2008, as the first annual National Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service Day "Where Quality of Care Results in Quality Life!" At the end of World War II, no agency or method existed to provide quality prosthetics to America’s disabled soldiers. On November 1, 1945, in response to both Congress and veterans, VA created the Prosthetic Appliance Service. Its purpose: to develop a system through which artificial limbs of the highest quality as well as other prosthetic appliances would be provided to disabled veterans. Today, VA medical centers celebrate and recognize the significant contributions of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) personnel in delivering world-class quality service to disabled veterans. Observances include presentation of the Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service of the Year to the Togus, Maine VA Medical Center by Frederick Downs, Jr., PSAS Chief Consultant. Many medical centers will host presentations for staff and veterans on prosthetics and orthotics and display the unique services and high tech equipment PSAS provides. Wherever you are, stop by your Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service today and thank them for a job well done!


Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

0 thoughts on “Honoring Recovery and Service”

  1. I was at the Memphis, TN, VA Hospital on the 7th, so I missed the presentations, but I did see the huge banner on the side of the building touting the “Quality of Care Results in Quality of Life”. Many people are quick to criticize the VA system. I have lived with the goodness of the care of that system since medical discharge from the Navy in 1986. Without the VA medical care, I would not be here to write this message. I am grateful to my nation, and to the people who work for the VA that have provided this care. I always remember to thank them, and the volunteers who provide transportation and other services for us vets.
    Thank you for passing along this information here on your blog. Not enough people know how much research and development comes from the VA.


  2. Apologies for posting off topic here — I’m mostly leaving this comment because I wasn’t able to find an email address to contact you directly.
    I wanted to get in contact with you to see if you might be willing to copy/paste the following item from my blog into yours? I’m trying to encourage more people with disabilities, our loved ones, colleagues, and other allies to write emails to Obama to increase the visibility of disability issues among his staff. Letters are wanted not only from across the United States but also from around the world. The following Call to Action explains more about how and why:


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