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AAOS Recognizes National Veterans and Military Families Month

 
In celebration of November being National Veterans and Military Families Month, the AAOS is encouraging members to sign up for its veteran mentorship program. Launched in 2017, the program is a partnership with the American Corporate Partners (ACP) to help transitioning veterans—principally those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan—in their paths from the military to the corporate world. It offers veterans important tools for long-term career development and the chance to create a better post-service life.

ACP Mentors and Protégés are paired for one year based on a variety of considerations including age, location, educational background, and shared career interests. Each pair is encouraged to speak at least once a month to discuss topics like résumé and interview preparation, networking, and other professional development topics.

Current mentor John J. McGraw, MD, explains, “We’re always being asked to give money to various good causes, but this is an ask to give your time—which for us as orthopaedic surgeons, is often more valuable than what we can do with our wallets. Becoming a mentor with ACP is an opportunity to help build the bridge between military service and a civilian career for these deserving veterans, who have endured so much for our freedom. Because without that bridge, they may drown in the river of transition.”

Not only does the program offer an opportunity for AAOS surgeons to give back, but it is also great way to diversify AAOS-supported issues and help build lasting relationship in Congress. To sign-up to be a mentor, please visit http://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program/mentor-application and use the AAOS access code AAOSACP. After you apply, an ACP staff member will be in touch regarding next steps.

For more information, contact Fred Essis at Essis@aaos.org or Kristen Coultas at Coultas@aaos.org.