Friends & Colleagues, 

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in the Armed Forces to protect those freedoms we cherish. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, in particular, the living veterans among us. Originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the Nov. 11 signing of the agreement that ended World War I, this federal holiday was changed from “Armistice” to “Veterans Day” in 1954. Although the original holiday honored those who perished in service to their country, that changed in 1954 when Congress passed a law establishing Veterans Day and then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower called on U.S. citizens to honor everyone who had ever donned a uniform. At the UNLV School of Medicine, we have men and women, faculty, students and staff who have sacrificed for the common good. We thank them for their service. In today’s newsletter, we feature Johnathan Scott, a second year medical student who served as a combat infantryman in Afghanistan. A skilled soldier, Johnathan will tell you he also benefited from luck, divine intervention or both -- he once stepped on an IED
(improvised explosive device) that fortunately didn’t go off.