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The Service™ is the Veterans Advantage Community blog for those who serve, those who care, and those who want to connect to all things military

Gene Shields Veterans Advantage Awards TopVet: Gene Shields The Air Force’s own Gene Shields is a major player in delivering specialized medical benefits to those who serve our nation. R. Eugene (Gene) Shields is Louisville, KY-based Humana Inc.’s senior vice president for government programs. He has responsibility for Medicare, TRICARE, the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plans and the company’s Puerto Rico operations. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Mr. Shields led the development and launch of Humana Emphesys, the next generation of digital health plan products, and a new operating platform for Humana.
Captain Pamela M. Iovino Veterans Advantage Awards HeroVet: Capt. Pamela M. Iovino, U.S. Navy (Ret) Any beltway expert will tell you—supporting our nation’s Veterans out of Washington DC is tough work. There are multi-billion dollar budgets, a global war on terror, and the political skirmishes around the capitol, all of which can make the DC area a tricky battlefield itself. For all of those reasons, we honor one of the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ top leaders, Pamela M. Iovino, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, for her tireless service on behalf of those who’ve served. Rounding out over two-years assisting two VA S
Dave Karnes Veterans Advantage Awards HeroVet: David Karnes, Marine Corps and 9/11 Hero There’s no such thing as an "ex-Marine," as they say in the Corps. And on the eve of a highly touted 9/11 movie release, one of the heroes of the film clearly epitomizes these words. David W. Karnes, a 23-year veteran of the Marine Corps is at the center of the movie ’World Trade Center,’ a recounting of his heroic action after two planes slammed into New York City’s Twin Towers on a fateful day that transformed the lives of millions. A Deloitte & Touche Senior CPA on 9/10/2001, Karnes was a Marine again on 9/11—the events spurred him to re-enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve and today, he serves in Iraq.
WASHINGTON -- After a career as a world-renowned, pioneer heart surgeon, 57-year-old William C. DeVries decided to serve in the Armed Forces.  The tall, lanky doctor, who implanted the first permanent artificial heart in Seattle dentist Barney Clark, signed on at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a Defense Department contractor. He also joined the Army Reserve. Military & Veterans News Cover Story: A Most Senior Recruit: Top Heart Surgeon Joins the Army After a career as a world-renowned, pioneer heart surgeon, 57-year-old William C. DeVries decided to serve in the Armed Forces. After a career as a world-renowned, pioneer heart surgeon, William C. DeVries decided to serve in the Armed Forces. The doctor, who implanted the first permanent artificial heart in Seattle dentist Barney Clark, signed on at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a Defense Department contractor.

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