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National Doctor’s Day: honoring our Schriever healthcare providers

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Huseman, 21st Medical Squadron Aerospace Medicine Flight commander, checks the heartbeat of Airman 1st Class Lucas Bracken, 21 MDS, at the Schriever clinic March 23, 2017. March 30 is National Doctors' Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate those who've dedicated their lives to healthcare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Huseman, 21st Medical Squadron Aerospace Medicine Flight commander, checks the heartbeat of Airman 1st Class Lucas Bracken, 21 MDS, at the Schriever clinic March 23, 2017. March 30 is National Doctors' Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate those who've dedicated their lives to healthcare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Maj. (Dr.) Robert Seals, 21st Medical Squadron clinical psychologist, provides mental health assessment, education, consultation and treatment to Schriever Airmen. March 30 is National Doctors' Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate those who've dedicated their lives to healthcare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Maj. (Dr.) Robert Seals, 21st Medical Squadron clinical psychologist, provides mental health assessment, education, consultation and treatment to Schriever Airmen. March 30 is National Doctors' Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate those who've dedicated their lives to healthcare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The world of healthcare is changing every day; with more advancements, tools and information available, doctors have a tremendous duty to provide care to their patients around the clock.

While many doctors may not feel they need a day of recognition, National Doctor’s Day celebrates those who devote their lives to keeping others healthy.

“Healthcare is a life of hard work and dedication,” said Maj. (Dr.) Robert Seals, 21st Medical Squadron clinical psychologist. “In this career field, the impact you have on people is obvious. Knowing I can help someone and keep them safe is very meaningful to me.”

The very first observance dates back to March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia, according to the National Doctors' Day Organization. On March 30, 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution for the day and it was introduced to the House and Senate in 1990. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation officially establishing the day.

Airman 1st Class Joseph Hargrove, 21 MDS public health technician, said the celebration is important to the medical community and expressed the respect he holds for those who serve Schriever Airmen and their families every day.

“Doctors are responsible for keeping our people healthy in order to complete the mission,” said Hargrove. “Without them, we can’t keep our planes or satellites running.”

Even though the day observes medical doctors, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Huseman, 21 MDS Aerospace Medicine Flight commander, said he would rather recognize nurses, technicians and staff members instead.

“Being an Air Force doctor is the most awesome job in the world,” said Huseman. “The military has given me the blessing of providing a great facility at Schriever to work in, as well as practicing medicine in many different environments. What’s rewarding for me is hearing thanks from my patients and knowing I made them feel better.”

“A doctor I have so much respect for is Lt. Col. Huseman, said Hargrove. “I think he’s a great doctor and he makes sure his patients always understand what’s going on.”

The doctors at the 21 MDS strive to go above and beyond everyday ensuring their patients’ needs are met and are well taken care of.

Military medicine was highlighted in the presidential proclamation, which reads, in part:

"As we recognize our Nation's physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to those who serve as members of the Armed Forces and Reserves and are now deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Whether they carry the tools of healing into the heat of battle or stand duty at medical facilities in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, these dedicated physicians -- along with thousands of nurses and other medical personnel -- are vital to the success of our mission. We salute them for their courage and sacrifice, and we pray for their safety. We also pray for all those who come in need of their care."

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