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President’s Message - March 2010

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There’s no possibility of the phrase, “a rolling stone gathers no moss” applying to SDMAC. It’s a challenge just to keep from being bowled over by all of the activities of our Committees and Issue/Focus Groups. The chair persons and members of these Committees and Issue/Focus Groups are busily involved in carrying out their functions and responding to almost daily requests from outside SDMAC. All of the groups are working to meet new challenges and to better serve our organization’s mission.

In addition to the normal activity of our Committees and Groups, there are two initiatives worth highlighting. First, the Veteran Transition Support Issue/Focus Group recently chaired a meeting focusing on internships for veterans in college. The meeting’s participants were SDMAC, SDSU, AFCEA, NDIA, and the meeting host Cubic. AFCEA and NDIA were representing both industry and their organizations’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives.

The initial goal was to address the issue of internships in industry for veterans attending universities.

The real issue isn’t the availability of internship programs but, rather, the issue is internships going unfilled because of both industry’s and academia’s challenges to establish effective and coordinated communications. Sound familiar to most situations we deal with? So, the next steps are to set up the methods of communications and, most importantly, to identify those who will manage them. Ray Roth, Chair of the Veteran Transition Support Issue/Focus Group, will have more to follow as this moves forward.

Second, at the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) center at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, SDMAC’s Military Medical Group has been working for several months with the program director to develop a new program. From an idea offered by RADM Bruzek-Kohler, the hospital Commander, we’re working to establish a medically recognized extension of occupational therapy outside the confines of a clinic in the everyday workplace of the San Diego community. Much remains to be done before this becomes a reality such as: (1) identifying work-site duties as an occupational therapy program relevant to a service member’s military specialty and medical situation, (2) having controls and procedures, and (3) developing legal guidelines applicable to active duty military working in a commercial environment. The excitement shown by the Occupational Therapists at the Naval Medical Center regarding the possibilities this program may bring to improve and hasten the recovery of our wounded service members is contagious.

Finally, not a day goes by lately that SDMAC isn’t asked when we are going to release the Military Economic Impact Report. We are very close to having a finished product while, at the same time, ensuring our goal is met of having an accurate and verifiable study which uses accepted methodology. The sources of information used within the Report are varied and integrating them is challenging. The preliminary economic numbers we’ve seen are impressive.

Onward we go, supporting the military in the San Diego region.

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