In John F. Kennedy’s January 20, 1961 inaugural address, he requested Americans “…Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Many young men and women took that statement to heart and gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. Since 2001, America has lost 6,781 souls in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Today, Memorial Day, we should all take a moment to remember these brave Airmen, Soldiers, Seamen and Marines and the families they leave behind.
While today is a day of remembrance, it is also a day of giving thanks. Thank you, to all of the military veterans at HIMSS staff, Veterans Career Services (VCS) advisory council, vMentors, and all of the HIMSS individual and corporate members who have served our country. Thank you for your continued support of the HIMSS VCS Initiative.
On Veterans Day, 2013, HIMSS launched their VCS Initiative and committed to help our nation’s veterans, transitioning service members, eligible spouses and survivors, gain knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities in health IT occupations. Now six months later, we have a thriving program that includes our Certified Associate in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification, a monthly webinar series, our veteran-to-veteran mentor program (vMentor), complimentary registration to HIMSS events, and many other tools and resources available through our VCS landing page.
Today, I am remembering my grandfather, Chief Master Sergeant Harry R. Carman who served 30 years in the USAF. He fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received in combat during WWII while serving as a radio operator aboard his B24 bomber, The Big Drip.
Who are you remembering today?