By UW School of Public Health
At the UW School of Public Health, we value the unique perspectives and experiences veterans and military-affiliated students bring to our diverse learning environment. In honor of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, here are stories of five of our current student veterans and their passions for public health.
To take part in the UW's Veterans Day Ceremony or to join a variety of other events across campus, such as a Women Veterans Leadership Panel, a 5K Ruck March and Food Drive, and a Salute to Service Tailgate, visit the Student Veteran Life website.
Third-year MPH student, Global Health
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Served as a pediatrician in the U.S. Air Force.
For Clairalyn, joining the military was a family tradition and a way to pay for medical school. Her first days in active duty were also her first days of residency, so they were quite hectic, she recalls. She would eventually become a pediatrician and care for families and children on military bases in Virginia, Japan and England. Passionate about providing quality health care in humanitarian emergencies, Clairalyn is volunteering as a doctor at a Syrian refugee camp in the Greek islands. She's also writing her master's thesis on the skills health care workers need to provide care in combat zones. Read more about Clairalyn.