Meredith College Honors Veterans at Special Commemoration Service

Meredith College held its annual Veterans Day commemoration, Honoring Women Veterans, on November 12, 2014. The featured speaker for this year’s commemoration was Brigadier General Jeffrey Clark, director of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

President Jo Allen welcomed the campus community and noted that the timing of Veterans Day in the Thanksgiving season is appropriate.

“Veterans Day should be commemorated in the season of gratitude and wonder,” Allen said. “We are thankful for the honor veterans bestow on us, as worthy of their service.”

While the event is called Honoring Women Veterans, Meredith College recognized and celebrated the service of all veterans. Allen asked any veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand for recognition.

As a women’s college, Meredith draws special attention to women veterans, who have been called “invisible soldiers, because their service went largely unrecognized until the 1970s,” Allen said.

Approximately 10% of the 22 million veterans in the United States are women. Ten percent of the 800,000 veterans who live in North Carolina are women.

Brigadier General Clark is the first Army officer to lead Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “We get to care for America’s heroes,” Clark said.

In his remarks, Clark drew attention to the sacrifice not only of veterans but of their families. There are 1.1 million military spouses, and 2.2 million children of military families in the U.S.

“When you hear the word veteran, I ask that you also think of the veteran’s family,” Clark said.

Military service is a family commitment, Clark said.

“When we pause to honor military service, as Meredith College does each year, I propose we pause twice, once for veterans and once for their families,” Clark said.

About Brigadier General Jeffrey Clark
Born in LaGrange, N.C., Brigadier General Jeffrey Clark is a graduate of Davidson College, East Carolina University School of Medicine, the US Army Command and General Staff College and Army War College. He earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington and a Master of Strategic Studies at the Army War College, and is board certified in family medicine.

Following Family Medicine Residency at Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital, Fort Ord, California, Clark served as Family Physician and Flight Surgeon, 543rd General Dispensary, Taegu, Korea from 1987-1989. While at Fort Bragg, he served as staff Family Physician at the 1st Corps Support Command Clinic, Faculty and Clinic Director of the Womack Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency, and Senior Medical Officer of C Co, 307th Medical Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Clark served as 82nd Airborne Division Surgeon from 1993-95. He commanded the 168th Area Support Medical Battalion, Korea from 1997-1999 and served as Chief of Primary Care and Family Medicine at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg from 1999-2001.

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