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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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