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San Antonio Veteran Groups Partner with American Association of Nurse Practitioners to Support Veterans Access to Health Care

PRESS CONFERENCE: Thursday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.
San Antonio Henry Convention Center
CONTACT: Luke Legate (512) 775-9400 –
CONTACT: Will Rijksen (571) 215-9008 –

SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 22, 2016) – Nearly 5,000 Nurse Practitioners are gathering in San Antonio, Texas from June 21-26 to advance solutions that will ensure US veterans high-quality health care with reduced wait times in the veterans health system. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference will address a variety of important issues, including a plan to increase veterans' direct access to nurse practitioner (NP) care. A recent proposal by the Veterans Administration (VA) would deliver crucial care to nearly two million veterans living in Texas who stand to benefit from approval of the proposed rule being detailed at the press event.

Speakers include Dr. Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Lieutenant Colonel Alicia Rossiter (retired) and Program Director of VCARE, University of South Florida.

Additional speakers include San Antonio American Legion members who utilize VA healthcare and who will call upon the VA to adopt the proposed rule strengthening veteran access to nurse practitioner-provided health care within the VA system.

WHAT: Press Conference – San Antonio Veterans & National Association of Nurse Practitioners
WHO: Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, AANP President
Dr. Cooke has treated active duty and retired military personnel and their families for 14 years.
Alicia Rossiter, Lt. Colonel Retired, US Air Force. Lt. Col. Rossiter is Program Director of VCARE, University of South Florida
San Antonio American Legion Leaders:
Lloyd Buckmaster, American Legion 20th District Commander, San Antonio
Charlie Urbina Jones
Roberto E. 'Eddie' De La Garza
Enrique Martin, Christian Book Store Owner and US Air Force Desert Storm Veteran
WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2016
WHERE: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Press Room, San Antonio, TX
900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205
(Parking Available in Convention Garage)

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 222,000 NPs, including more than 68,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.

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