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October 19, 2013

AAOS Mourns Loss of Rep. Bill Young

Washington, DC—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is mourning the loss of one of the country’s greatest champions for quality health care, Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida.  AAOS President Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, noted Rep. Young’s steadfast commitment to the health of all Americans, but particularly those who served in uniform.
 
“Bill Young was arguably the biggest champion of the wounded warrior in Congress,” said Dr. Jacobs.  “When the AAOS was looking for ways to advance research into limb salvage and other treatments for our injured men and women in the Armed Forces, we found no greater ally than Chairman Young.
 
“AAOS’ signature defense health initiative—the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program—would not be around today, were it not for the leadership of Mr. Young  and countless staffers who reported to him.  Our surgeons and our patients lost one of their best friends in Washington today, and our hearts go out to his wife Beverly and his sons, Billy, Patrick, and Robbie.”
 
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