While this is not directly healthcare IT related, with history being a passion for me, I needed to share my thoughts today, 70 years after the events Pearl Harbor in 1941 when our fleet was attacked in Pearl Harbor; forever changing the policy of the United States and plunging this nation into World War 2.
While the events of September 11th, 2011 were equally terrible and plunged the United States into theatres of battle for the last 10 years, we now see many of our returning servicemen and women having to readjust to civilian life and requiring healthcare facilities to cope with a decade of battle, not unlike many did in the aftermath of WW2.
Back then, we made a pact with the “greatest generation” as Tom Brokaw so aptly called them that we would take care of them and thank them for their sacrifice in saving the world literally from evil and tyranny. We need to remember that pact as we have our own great generation of young men and women who have sacrificed countless tours of duty in hostile lands to prevent another 9/11 and give us the ability to sleep soundly in our beds at night.
We honor our veterans and their sacrifices, as well as those of their families. Give a thought to them as they come home and think about the care that they should receive.