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15 Ways the US Military Has Shaped the Physical Therapy Profession

This Veteran's Day, we pause to recognize the unique role and contributions of the military in advancing the physical therapy profession.

Following are a few accomplishments of our women and men in uniform.

The military introduced the country to physical therapy.

The first physical therapists (PTs) were reconstruction aides ("re-aides"), civilian employees of the Medical Department of the US Army during World War I who rehabilitated injured soldiers and taught them how to adapt to everyday life after injuries and amputations.

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