Subject: June Newsletter - Survivors Inspire Medical Advances

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June 2018 
The VetConnect North Texas online directory is a resource for veterans, military families and advocates at nonprofit agencies in the North Texas area.

Boston Marathon Bomb Survivors Inspire Medical Advances  
Dialogue between military and civilian surgeons a silver lining to come out of Boston Marathon bombing.
By PHILIP MARCELO, The Associated Press
Charles Krupa/Associated Press
In the five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the victims and research dollars made available as a result of the attack.

Some of the 17 people who lost limbs in the April 15, 2013, bombing could, like many other amputees, benefit from these developments, since many are coming to a crossroads in their treatment. A number still struggle with pain, and others may be looking to replace their prostheses, which are approaching the end of their useful life.

"The collective experience in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing was a very positive one in the medical community because there was a lot of crosstalk between military and civilian surgeons," said Dr. Benjamin Potter, chief of orthopedics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where three survivors were treated and doctors are attempting some of the cutting-edge procedures.

NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

NPower is a National not for profit that has served Texas since 2013. The Texas program is located within the Bill J Priest Center at 1402 Corinth Street, Suite 137, Dallas, TX 75215. Each of the three NPower programs have made a real impact in the local community.

NPower Texas serves veterans and their spouses who are eager to transfer their military experience and develop new skills toward an exciting career in technology. Most NPower graduates are employed at industry-leading companies like JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Capital One, Bank of America, KPMG and a growing list of others.

The training programs offered in Texas include: Tech Fundamentals, Cyber Security and Coding. Advanced Certifications are included within the Tech Fundamentals and Cyber Security classes.

NPower results* speak for themselves:
  • 80% graduation rate
  • 80% of alumni working and/or in school within six months of graduation
*Based on national average of NPower program results

July 20thEquest Presents "Boots & Salutes" 
Join Equest for an evening of USO-style entertainment, live music, gourmet casual cuisine, and tributes to the men and women who have served our country to protect our

Thanks to a generous HHSC grant, all proceeds from Boots & Salutes will be matched 1:1 for Equest's Hooves for Heroes program!

Equest Boots & Salutes 2018
When:  Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Where: Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4, Dallas, TX 75217

WWII T-6 Texan fly-over at 8:00 PM.
Entertainment by Jordan Kahn Orchestra and J & D Entertainment

The Equest mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with special/diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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