University of South Florida associate vice president is part of congressional commission to improve health care for veterans
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Lt. General Martin Steele, USMC (ret.), associate vice president for veterans research and executive director of military partnerships at the University of South Florida, was recently appointed to the Commission on Care by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The commission was established by Congress to determine the best way to provide health care to veterans of the U.S. military.
The Commission on Care, which was authorized by section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA), is a 15-member commission that will examine the access veterans have to health care from the Veterans Administration and provide recommendations for the best ways to organize the Veterans Health Administration, where to locate health care resources, and how to deliver health care to veterans.
“USF is proud to have the opportunity, through General Steele’s appointment to the Commission on Care, to support these critical programs for our veterans,” said Paul R. Sanberg, senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF.
Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting serves chairperson of the commission. Other members include Michael Blecker, David Blom, Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, Dave Gorman, Tom Harvey, Stewart Hickey, Joyce Johnson, Ikram Khan, Phil Longman, Darin Selnick, and Marshall Webster.
“Through the Commission on Care, we will be able to make an enormous impact on the lives of servicemen and women,” said Steele, who also serves as co-chair of the USF Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee. “Throughout my career, I have been passionate about helping our veterans and am honored for the opportunity to further promote their welfare and interests.”
A combat veteran with over 34 years of service, Steele culminated his military career as deputy chief of staff for plans, policies, and operations at U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. Steele is an expert in the integration of all elements of national power (diplomatic, economic, informational, and military) with strategic military war plans. His career was chronicled in the award winning military biography Boys of ’67 by Charles Jones.
Upon Steele’s retirement from active duty in 1999, he served as president and CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, the largest naval museum in the world. Shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Steele invited the FBI to use the Intrepid to conduct their investigations. Within 48 hours, Intrepid was in service as temporary headquarters for over 750 FBI agents.
Steele has led a philanthropic transition program to assist exiting Marines into private sector jobs throughout the country. The program was offered at no cost to the Marine participants, the Marine Corps and the companies that provided employment opportunities for Marines completing the program.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. www.usf.edu
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