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A Proud Veteran Laboratorian

Published June 26, 2011 4:41 PM by Glen McDaniel

Speaking before a group of healthcare professionals last week, I was introduced as a veteran laboratorian and a Renaissance man. Well, the Renaissance part sounded fine since it conjured up images of a well-rounded polymath, someone who is very well versed in a wide variety of subjects, an expert in diverse areas, a very knowledgeable individual. I like that!

However, the veteran label immediately made me think of someone who is older, retired and possibly no longer relevant. Then I quickly thought that interpretation might be my own bias, based on recollections of the perception of veterans of  ignominious conflicts like the Vietnam War.

So,  then I thought, "Who is a veteran?" If it means someone who has been in the trenches for a long time fighting for something one believes in, then I wear that label proudly. If it means fighting for the rights and recognition of the larger group: guilty as charged. Certainly if it means someone who is sometimes exposed to criticism from others and little recognition from those you represent, then again, I do qualify as a veteran.

As I stood to speak, with this new insight, I genuinely thanked the moderator for the label. We have had many changes and fought many battles as a profession, but I for one am  proud to be considered a veteran of this noble profession.


I personally think it is an honor to be called a veteran of any kind. When someone says you are a veteran it means you have worked hard, you know your field well and others look up to you. Thanks for all you do for the profession Mr McDaniel.

Jervaise July 7, 2011 11:59 AM
Garden Grove CA

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