APTA member Charles R. Scoville PT, DPT, recently was named a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal—an award that pays tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, in addition to the effect of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.
Scoville, who served in the US Army for 29 years, is chief at Amputee Patient Care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Established in 2003, the program has helped service members with amputation lead active lives, with some returning to duty, through a novel sports medicine approach. The internationally recognized program combines traditional medical and counseling services with a physically active regime for severely wounded service members.
According to an announcement in this week's Washington Post, some of the 1,450 injured service members who have been through the program have gone on to complete triathlons, climb Mount Everest, and compete in gymnastics, skiing, rowing, and other sports.