Guest Editor's Column The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) evolved from the federal soldiers' facility established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 just before the end of the Civil War. In 1918, a national system of veterans' hospitals was created, which has expanded to one of the largest health care systems in the ... Coordinator's Column
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Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 145-146. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.145
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 145-146. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.145
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) evolved from the federal soldiers' facility established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 just before the end of the Civil War. In 1918, a national system of veterans' hospitals was created, which has expanded to one of the largest health care systems in the world. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have been a part of the VHA for many years, including individuals such as Hildred Schuell, Bruce Porch, Harold Goodglass, Edith Kaplan, Malcolm McNeil, and Thomas Prescott who created aphasia tests, and Leslie Gonzalez-Rothi, Robert Wertz, Leonard LaPointe and John Rosenbek who developed treatment techniques, all of which remain part of contemporary clinical practice. Many of these individuals are or have been SIG 2 members, and in fact, Leslie Gonzalez-Rothi was part of the founding leadership of SIG 2. SLPs continue to be at the forefront of research, and clinical assessment and treatment for veterans with neurogenic communication disorders, making substantive contributions to individual veterans' lives and to the field of speech-language pathology.
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