Harrogate, Tennessee, November 8, 2019 – Local veterans and their families are invited to attend a free dinner in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. The event is hosted by the Student Association of Military and Osteopathic Medicine Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM).
Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. The date marks the anniversary of the end of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Veterans Day honors America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the citizens of the United States.
SAMOPS is a program for LMU-DCOM students interested in a career in military medicine. While many military members have joined, those not currently contracted in the military or part of the ROTC are welcome as well.
The dinner will feature special guest speaker Ian Huff, DO, a graduate of LMU-DCOM’s inaugural class. Huff began his military career during his first year in medical school at LMU-DCOM when he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Since that time, Huff’s military service has taken him around the world and allowed him to serve the health care needs of his fellow men and women in varied and unique ways. Following graduation from LMU-DCOM, Huff attended flight school in Pensacola for six months, and was assigned to Jacksonville, North Carolina where he served as the medical department head and advidor to the commanding officer on all medical care of the Marines in the squadron.
Huff’s assignment allowed him to continue flying and also led to his first deployment to Afghanistan for nine months. “I had the unique opportunity to develop the first casualty evacuation model and training for Navy corpsmen on the MV-22 Osprey, which led to me being able to brief up to the level of Surgeon General and Secretary of Defense as a young officer,” Huff said.
Huff’s military service took him to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Spain, Northern and Western Africa, Senegal, Germany, France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Portugal as well as a British Royal Naval ship. Upon completing his military service, Huff pursued emergency medicine residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Nashville. Huff graduated from residency in June 2019 and is now an emergency medicine physician at Tennova Gateway Hospital in Clarksville, Tennessee.
The event will include a POW/MIA table, a colorguard presentation and a silent auction to raise funds for the SAMOPS club. Active service members are asked to come in full dress for the event.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.