VCS to Participate in Sgt. Sullivan Center’s Event: Rebuilding Trust, Renewing Our Dedication to Transparency in Deployment Health Science | Veterans for Common Sense

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Sergeant Sullivan Center Reception: Honoring Excellence in Post-Deployment Health

Rebuilding Trust, Renewing Our Dedication to Transparency in Deployment Health Science: Awards Ceremony 2014

“If you blow the whistle on higher ups because you have identified a legitimate problem, you should not be punished. You should be protected … problems [at the VA] require us to regain the trust of our veterans and live up to our vision of a VA that is more effective and more efficient.”   President Barack Obama, August 2014

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Presenters Include:

Robert F. Miller, MD:  Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center — Honoree, Excellence in Deployment Health Science 2012

Mark Lyles, Captain, US Navy, DMD, PhD, MA, MS, EdS – VADM Joel T. Boone Chair of Health and Security Studies, Naval War College — Honoree, Excellence in Deployment Health Science 2011

Jim Binns, Chairman, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Anthony Hardie, Veterans for Common Sense Board of Directors, Author or, & Federal Advisory Committee Member on Gulf War Illness Research

2014 Honoree Dr. Steven S. Coughlin

The Sergeant Sullivan Center Annual Awards Reception supports community building to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of chronic, multi-symptom, currently unexplained post-deployment health concerns. The Sergeant Sullivan Center is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to confronting and eradicating post-deployment illnesses through awareness, research, and connection. Speakers appear in their individual capacity. Join us for cocktails and light fare, presentations, and the Award for Excellence in Post-Deployment Health Science on Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center in Washington, DC.


The Sergeant Sullivan Center 202-261-6562 Office On Tuesday, September 23, The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center will honor former senior VA epidemiologist Dr. Steven S. Coughlin with its annual Award for Excellence in Post Deployment Health Science at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center located at 901 E Street, NW Washington, DC. Dr. Coughlin resigned his position at the VA over ethical concerns and since then through testimony and media interviews has furthered a dialogue among those dedicated to helping the VA/DoD become more effective, efficient, compassionate, and transparent in the delivery of healthcare to those who have served us in war and are recovering from toxic wounds.

There is no charge for this event but space is limited. Please register by September 17, 2014.  

We encourage veterans, veteran advocates, lawmakers, active duty personnel, physicians, researchers and our friends at the VA/DoD to join us in the spirit of the President’s call to honor those who have bravely told the truth in order to bring about reform on behalf of those who have served the nation and were injured by war related environmental exposures.

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