Photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

War often serves as a catalyst for change and innovation. Nowhere is this more true than in the medical field.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Years ago, I watched as President Barack Obama launched the Post-9/11 GI Bill in front of a crowd of student veterans and their spouses at George Mason University. It was a great gift, ensuring veterans the opportunity to earn a degree and pursue their dreams.

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Editor’s note: The following story of purpose and perseverance highlights a veteran who works at Epicor. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Epicor is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.

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Brianna McMeekin never thought she would devote her career to working with veterans. Hired as a career counselor for the University of Pittsburgh, McMeekin works with the school’s nontraditional students. Eight months into the job, she recognized the need to concentrate on the school’s student veteran population.

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Editor’s note: June 27 marks PTSD Awareness Day. Enacted by Congress in 2010, the day is supposed to raise awareness of the condition, its effect on individuals and their families, and possible treatments. In a June 20 article in USA Today, Gregg Zoroya wrote about the “potential flood of war-related” cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that scientists anticipate. According to a 300-page report, cases of service-connected PTSD increased tenfold between 2004 and 2012 to more than 650,000 among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And more veterans are coming to the realization that they may not have escaped the invisible wounds of war.

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