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Robert Wood Johnson
he daughter of a World War II codebreaker who
served in the Pacific theater and daughter-in-law of
another veteran of that war wounded on the battle-
field, Dr. Terregino was familiar with the impact of
military service before being asked to spearhead a program
at the medical school. But she feels "profoundly changed"
as a result of her experience with the school's Joining
Forces initiative. Because the veterans in her family did not
talk about what they went through, the stories and experi-
ences that veterans shared during the training sessions
elicited a visceral reaction that she feels to this day.
"I still get goosebumps hearing the veterans speak of their
terrifying times in theater and at home," Dr. Terregino says.
"I was most touched by the sheer and utter terror they went
through--and then we expect them to come back as if noth-
ing has changed. How could we not give them all the sup-
port they need? We all need to be engaged in this issue."
Her vow, she says: "Each year, a cohort of well-prepared
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson graduates will leave the
school with the skills to recognize the issues specific to vet-
erans, to empathize with their challenges, and to know
how to access care for these individuals and their families."