Continued from page 1

Public-private organizations will join the discussions, exploring opportunities and collaborative ways to enhance and refine programs and services to meet a lifetime of changing needs. Co-Moderators are Derek Donovan, vice president, Fisher House Foundation, and retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. William “Spanky” Gibson.

With the focus on such topics, the WFS will offer all who attend an overall awareness of the wounded warriors’ needs and, subsequently, lead to the further enhancement and refinement of programs and services that will benefit them and their families.
In the afternoon portion of the program, three wounded heroes will be recognized for their courage and accomplishments. They are:

* Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty, ARNG (retired), co-founder, Purple Heart Homes (sponsored by Fisher House Foundation);

* Master Sgt. Juanita Milligan, USA (retired) (sponsored by Business and Professional Women (BPW) Foundation, ICF International);

* Lt. Brian Naughton, USCG, Maritime Security Response Team (sponsored by U.S. Coast Guard).

For more information and to register, visit Onsite registration will be available.

• The Sarge offers kudos to two students who were recently honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development (ORD) for their efforts to raise awareness about veterans and VA research. At an afternoon ceremony held this summer at VA’s central office, Francesca Cetta and Claire Quigley were recognized by Dr. Madhulika Agarwal, VHA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services, for their “outstanding efforts on behalf of VA research and its mission to improve the lives of veterans.”

Inspired by a demonstration of VA’s research efforts and the DEKA arm prosthetic at the April 27 VA Research Week Central Forum — which coincided this year with VA’s “Take your Child to Work Day” — Ms. Cetta enlisted the help of Ms. Quigley to hold a bake sale. Both are fifth-grade students who reside in Potomac, Md.

“VA research works each day to develop and conduct research on numerous advances like the DEKA arm that improve the lives of veterans,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “I thank Ms. Cetta and Ms. Quigley for their initiative and creativity in supporting our veterans and VA research.”

The arm, which was operated by veterans Arthur McAuley and Frederick Downs Jr., retired VA director of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, was jointly developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DEKA Research and Development and the VA. The arm is a highly functional prosthetic limb with a fully functional hand, which allows mobility for individuals with upper arm amputations.

“It is gratifying to meet students who appreciate our veterans and are inspired by the science we’re using to improve their health,” said VA Chief Research and Development Officer, Dr. Joel Kupersmith, who presided at the recognition ceremony.

VA, which runs the largest integrated health care system in the country, also has one of the largest medical research programs. This year, approximately 3,400 researchers will work on more than 2,300 projects with nearly $1.9 billion in funding.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email