November 10, 2020

VUMC Veterans to celebrate Veterans Day and November with programs, events, community support, and Virtual Wall of Honor

VUMC shares many of the core values and legacy of service found in military service among our nation’s veterans. The VUMC Veterans Resource Group (VRG) was formed in 2018 as part of the Medical Center's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Direction to enhance support, engagement, and build a strong sense of belonging among veterans, VUMC and the Nashville community. Throughout November, the VRG will honor veterans and first responders with several events.


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., the VRG will host a special virtual Veteran’s Day event with Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD. This year’s special event honoring VUMC veterans will explore what it means to be a VUMC veteran in this difficult season and how we can apply our shared experience toward building resilience and unity across the organization.  Upperman is the chair of Pediatric Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps. He served as Chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004. Keynote will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Megan Youngblood, associate vice president of Vanderbilt Health Services. Our United Voices of Vanderbilt Choir will lead with special pre-recorded renditions of patriotic songs.

Meeting ID:       957 5975 9334

Passcode:        261150


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1-2:30 p.m., External veterans seeking employment with VUMC will join our VUMC Talent Operations Team and VRG for resume preparation, interview coaching, and general application process and career questions.

Meeting ID: 959 3052 2588

Passcode: 058116


For the fourth consecutive year, we are honoring VUMC Veterans through the annual Virtual “Wall of Honor” tribute (available on our VRG webpage: If interested in being included in the Wall of Honor or becoming a VRG member, email


Thursday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m., VUMC is supporting Operation Stand Down Tennessee for their 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast. This event has made a profound impact on the local community for specific projects such as the development of Curb Victory Hall; a 39-unit apartment complex for Veterans experiencing homelessness in Nashville.