Yesterday, APTA participated in a panel discussion for service members during Iron Majors week, an annual event to honor the best physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists, physician assistants, and dietitians in the Army Medical Specialists Corps (AMSC). The honored members come to Washington, DC, every March for an awards presentation and a week of educational programming. This is the third consecutive year that APTA has participated in Iron Majors week, and the second year that it has been invited to participate in a panel. The panel of the 4 professions, which make up AMSC, discussed the work and strategies of their respective organizations, specifically how each organization advances issues of importance to their military membership.
A March 2 podcast outlines APTA's current efforts on behalf of veterans and members of the armed services as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. For additional background, a July 2011 podcast recaps the progress APTA made with Veterans Affairs in securing new qualification standards for PTs and collaborating with the physical therapy discipline lead position.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 2:30 pm to reflect the correct name of the Army Medical Specialists Corps.