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October 25, 2017
Taking care of those who take care of us
By: Jim Traficant

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of our greatest national assets. I’ve written before about some of the VA’s landmark achievements as a long-time leader in healthcare innovation. Breakthroughs in prosthetics, immunology, and even basics like diagnostic standardization all originated with the VA, as part of its mission to create the highest standard of care for our service men and women and their families.

Ultimately, this standard of care extends beyond the walls of the VA to all of us. Millions of Americans benefit from VA innovations every day. I’m one of them. The liver transplant technology pioneered by the VA has not only saved my life twice, it has saved my daughter’s life as well.

It was also a veteran, my neighbor, who volunteered to act as my live-transplant donor in what was then still an experimental process. Because of VA innovation, and the ingrained mindset of service our veterans carry both in and out of active duty, my family is healthy and whole today.

That is why it’s such a great honor to be able to give back to those who serve in my work with the VA. Today, the VA is at an inflection point in how it operates, and is looking more and more to private-sector partnerships to augment access and clinical capabilities. I believe it’s our responsibility at Accenture to bring the industry-leading technologies we’ve developed for clients in the private sector to the VA to support this transformation.

It’s a way for us to say “thank you,” because the sacrifices our service members make are so great and the challenges of assimilating back into everyday life are so significant. I’m proud I’m to be able to help take care of these heroes and their families, just like they have taken care of mine.

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