A Discussion On Veteran Healthcare And Post-Service Employment

Author:Ms Wendy Dessy and Maxwell DeLott
Profession:Proskauer Rose LLP
 
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Every November as Veterans Day approaches, Proskauer honors the service of our active military, veterans and their families. As part of our efforts, the Firm had the privilege of hosting a panel discussion on some of the most pressing issues that veterans and their families currently face. We were honored to be joined by Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, Executive Director of Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) at Columbia University, and Timothy Cochrane, SVP of Business Development at American Corporate Partners (ACP), whose work is on the frontlines of veterans' healthcare and post-service employment.

Under Dr. Montalvo and the Board of Directors' leadership, JNVH connects some of the country's most prominent advocates for healthcare investment with leaders, innovators and experts from the worlds of business, philanthropy and education. Since 2008, Jonas Philanthropies has awarded $25 million in scholarships to support more than 1,250 doctoral nursing scholars at 157 universities in all 50 states. Approximately 330 of these scholars are focused on advancing veterans' healthcare.

Mr. Cochrane, a former U.S. Marine, joined ACP three years ago after a long career on Wall Street following his military service. Knowing firsthand the difficulties of finding employment after service, Mr. Cochrane is passionate about ACP's mission to help veterans transition into their next careers through one-on-one mentorship with volunteers from more than 80 Fortune 500 companies. Last year, Proskauer signed on as a corporate partner for ACP and paired 10 of our partners and senior staff with veteran protégés looking to integrate into the workforce.

Throughout the discussion, the panel made clear that while there are many services available to veterans, there is still much work to be done.

Dr. Montalvo noted that despite the many healthcare services available to veterans through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) many veterans do not know how to access them. This issue is compounded by the VA's geographical limitations for veterans in rural areas. Without easy access to VA facilities or benefits, many veterans seek assistance from other healthcare providers who are often less equipped to properly care for veteran patients. Recognizing this gap in care, JNVH is taking an innovative approach by focusing specifically on nurses, who the organization calls "the backbone of the American healthcare system." By increasing the number of...

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