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Rep. Boozman, AOA Officials Tour Military Eye Care Facilities at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Date:5/20/2008

al leaders to make it a top priority last year. Since its enactment, these organizations, working with Rep. Boozman, have been continually monitoring its implementation.

"Our wounded warriors deserve the very best care and optometry is committed to helping Congress and defense and veterans health officials make certain they get it," said Dr. Kehoe, president-elect of the AOA. "The AOA worked to help pass Rep. Boozman's Military Eye Trauma Treatment Act and now we want to see it fully implemented. As we do, we will share the profession's experience and know-how with the dedicated doctors and staff at Walter Reed AMC and other military and VA health facilities."

Walter Reed Army Medical Center doctors of optometry, Lt. Col. Cameron Van Roekel, O.D, Aaron Tarbett, O.D. and Navjit Sanghera, O.D. led Congressman Boozman, the AOA leadership and representatives from the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS), the BVA and NAEVR through the Walter Reed Optometry Ward, the Military Advanced Training Center, the outpatient Warrior Clinic and along the path of care for patients with TBI.

Those who participated in the event included: Rep. John Boozman, O.D. (R-AR); Peter Kehoe, O.D., AOA President-Elect; Michael Jones, O.D., AOA Executive Director; Barry Barresi, O.D., Ph. D., AOA Executive Director-designate; and Jeff Weaver, O.D., AOA director of Clinical Care Group.

In addition, AOA volunteers in attendance included: Lt. Col. Donovan Green, O.D., U.S. Army; AOA Federal Relations Committee; Francis McVeigh, O.D., Col. U.S. Army (Ret); AOA Health Information Technology and Telemedicine Project Team.

AOA special guests were: Steve Sem O.D., Col. U.S. Air Force (Ret.); executive director, Armed Forces Optometric Society; Tom Zampieri, Ph.D. Director of Government Relations, Blinded Veterans Association (BVA); and James Jorkasky, Executive Director, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR).

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