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Serving those who serve

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FALLS CHURCH, VA – Aspiring to become a physician in the United States Army, Ryan Leone is hoping to dedicate his life to serving those who serve.

As a young Eagle Scout growing up in Long Island, N.Y., Leone, a rising senior at Penn, realized that he loved helping people. He learned a lot from the leaders in Boy Scouts, as well as his coaches from his high school football and track teams. They all had one thing in common: They were veterans.

“I always admired the military. I liked the discipline, the fitness requirements, and the drive to be a part of something bigger than yourself, but I was under the false impression that the military was just made of people who fought on the front lines,” says Leone. “I never saw myself being an infantryman, so I didn’t consider it as a possibility.”

But that changed when Leone was a freshman. He learned about the Army Medical Corps from an upperclassman who was taking that road himself. After that conversation, Leone began his research into the military medical field, the land-based mission of the Army, and into opportunities to provide medical care near combat zones. He also talked to dozens of military doctors serving on active duty.

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Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.