Facial Plastic Surgeons Nationwide Offer Pro-Bono Services to Military Men and Women Injured During Service
Alexandria, VA (December 20, 2011) – With the war in Iraq over, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) offers those service members injured in the line of duty a helping hand through its humanitarian program, FACES OF HONOR.
FACES OF HONOR connects veterans who have sustained head and neck injuries with the facial plastic and reconstructive expertise and services of the Academy surgeons. The program is intended to complement the existing medical care that Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and military facilities provide to ensure the best possible outcome for patients. AAFPRS members work alongside VA caregivers in every possible case.
“Since the start of the war more than eight years ago, we have supported the U.S. troops in Iraq fighting for our freedom, and now we are very happy to have them home,” said Tom D. Wang, M.D., President of the AAFPRS. “To date, more than 32,000 servicemen and women have been wounded*. FACES OF HONOR is the Academy’s way of giving back to those individuals injured in the line of duty. Our pro-bono program helps veterans by matching patients with Academy surgeons who offer their services and time to care for facial injuries.”
About FACES OF HONOR:
Founded in October 2009, the FACES OF HONOR humanitarian program is coordinated by the AAFPRS and its affiliated Educational and Research Foundation. FACES OF HONOR is modeled after the AAFPRS’ inaugural pro-bono program, FACE TO FACE: International, where Academy members travel around the world to help individuals whose faces were damaged at birth, by disease or by war. Members also share their industry knowledge and the latest facial plastic surgery techniques with their international colleagues. In addition, the AAFPRS formed FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Academy members offer consultations, surgery, counseling and support to those affected by domestic abuse. The Academy serves as a resource to help find surgeons willing to provide surgery to qualified veterans without a surgical fee to the patient; the Academy does not provide direct medical or surgical care or enter into physician/patient relationships.
Additional information on FACES OF HONOR can be found on www.facemd.org or www.facesofhonor.org. Eligibility guidelines and the process enabling veterans to apply for a consultation are described online.
About the AAFPRS:
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provide consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website, www.facemd.org.
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