Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the Nation, visited VAPAHCS' Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to find out more about VA’s role in the continuum of care for our servicemembers who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was her first visit to a VA Polytrauma Unit, although she has visited Walter Reed and Bethesda many times with the First Lady.
"This visit is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's and my ongoing work on our Joining Forces initiative," said Dr. Biden. "This initiative aims to bring Americans together to recognize, honor, and take action to support Veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives."
In addition to being briefed on the Polytrauma System of Care, Dr. Biden also learned about how VAPAHCS is meeting our Veterans mental health needs and the new PTSD app that was developed at Menlo Park's National Center for PTSD.
Most importantly, she was able to meet some of our soldiers and talk with them and their families first-hand about their care. "At first I was nervous about coming to VA, but it's like home to me now," said Army Private First Class Geoffrey Quevedo, who lost his left arm and left foot in Afghanistan by an IED blast. "Everyone knows me when I go down the hallway and everyone cares. No question goes unanswered here. They're real good."
After acknowledging the sacrifice of the Veterans in the room, Dr. Biden added, "I also want to say thank you to the doctors, nurses, and other clinicians, because, really, I know what a group effort it all is. They're the ones who carry these men through and make such a difference in their lives."