APTA member Charles R. Scoville PT, DPT, has received 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 is the 2012 National Security and International Affairs Medal recipient. This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security and international affairs (including defense, military affairs, diplomacy, foreign assistance, and trade). 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 approach that combines traditional medical and counseling services with a physically active regime. The program strives to give soldiers with amputation "back their lives, restore their sense of self-worth, and keep them physically active."
"It's an interdisciplinary approach to patient care that looks at our patients as tactical athletes," says Scoville. "They do things they never did before and reach more high-level activities than in the past.”
Read more about Scoville on the "Sammies" website, which includes a video of him describing his unique rehabilitation program.
See APTA's Management of Wounded Warriors and Joining Forces Initiative webpages for information on the association's efforts aimed at military members and their families.