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Veteran Proves The Importance of Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, OT, COTA, Allied Health, Healthcare StaffingRecently, Milwaukee as a city has been celebrating Occupational Therapy Day, which commends the work of occupational therapy and therapists for their role in improving the health and lives of their patients. How is it that this day come to be? With the help of a thankful veteran, who found strength and kindness through his own occupational therapy sessions.

Jim Schroeder, a veteran, came to the Milwaukee VA occupational Therapy Clinic 4 years ago unable to walk. After 4 years of therapy 3 days a week, Schroeder lost 40 pounds, and walks with a group of veterans in the Walk a Mile or More group. Going to therapy gave him great strength, physically, emotionally, and mentally, as his group of therapists helped him get back on his feet literally.

Filled with thanks, Schroeder told Governor Scott Walker how the VA team helped save his life, and his thanks led to a proclamation for the VA hospital sent by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and a gift of thanks--an American flag that flew over the state capitol.

Jim's gesture really shines a light on how important occupational therapy is to patients, especially veterans.

Many veterans face physical difficulties once they return from their deployment, and even as they age after many years into retirement. Occupational therapists can help veterans and others overcome many physical obstacles, while finding solutions to live their lives with greater ease, simplicity, and care. And more importantly, an occupational therapist's constant care and presence can help bring back a sense of routine, normalcy, and strength, especially after a trying situation.

So, remember to thank and appreciate occupational therapists for their work! They do save lives in their special way. If you are a talent Occupartional Therapist looking for career opportunities, Join our Talent Network!

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