MVPvets, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists and prepares transitioning military veterans for meaningful employment in medical device and life science companies, announced the appointment of board member Col. Gregory Gadson, United States Army (Ret.).
"We are honored to welcome such a force and advocate for wounded warriors, veterans, and those with disabilities to help further the mission of MVPvets," said MVPVets Board Chariman Capt. Derek Herrera, USMC (Ret.), of Gadson's new appointment.
Gadson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an Army officer for 25 years. Greg served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2007, during combat operations in Iraq, an improvised explosive device (IED) cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Since his injury, he has served as Director of the United States Army Wounded Warrior Program and founded a management consulting business, Patriot Strategies, LLC. Gadson's experience as a wounded warrior that successfully transitioned back into the civilian workforce will serve as a great resource for fellow wounded veteran MVPvets members who face unique challenges.
Along with Gadson's new appointment, MVPvets announced the launch of a new program, The Academy, to lead transitioning military veterans through a 6-week virtual training and career mentorship program that began August 20.
"I am excited to be a part of an organization that is adapting its programs virtually to meet the needs of transitioning service members," said Gadson. "The Academy and MedTech Conference will help MVPvets in its mission to connect military veterans with engaged mentors and careers in the medical device and life science industries."
If you would like to become a mentor for MVPvets, please apply online.
MVPvets is endorsed by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). AdvaMed is the world's largest medical technology trade association, representing more than 400 companies that produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit avamed.org.