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Michelle McLaughlin

“Being a part of the military medical department allowed me plenty of opportunities to be in contact with the “wounded warriors” and family and friends who were dealing with the “invisible wounds of war”…I felt drawn to understand their suffering and to try to help.” See more testimonials like Michelle’s.

 

COL Michelle McLaughlin, 

First-Year M.S. Student

I received my undergraduate degree in Communications Studies from the University of North Carolina and a MSA in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.

I entered military service in Richmond, VA and was commissioned a Medical Service Corps Officer by the U.S. Army, Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA.

My first assignment was to the 56th Station Hospital in Richmond, VA and went on to serve the Army in both reserve and active status in a variety of command and staff positions.

Some of my career highlights include: EMT/first responder, medical records administration, healthcare policy and program analysis, strategic and exercise planning, Pandemic Influenza (PI) international and interagency response planning, and natural disaster medical response planning.

My husband of 25 years, COL W. P. McLaughlin (USMC, Ret) and I have two sons.

What led me to IPS was a desire to help heal.

Being a part of the military medical department allowed me plenty of opportunities to be in contact with the “wounded warriors” and family and friends who were dealing with the “invisible wounds of war”.

I felt drawn to understand their suffering and to try to help. A close friend and fellow service member asked me to do the research for a study on the effects of PTSD on reserve service members.

Through our “Changing Rhetoric to Reality” paper we both learned that what was currently being offered to heal our wounded warriors was not the right solution.

After completing our research project we submitted our recommendations for change to a system that cared but was only looking for scientific solutions.

I felt defeated, and deep in my heart I felt that something huge was missing from all of these “cutting edge” methods of care… where was God in all of these plans?

An awareness of IPS seemed to flood every airwave and a printed media outlet at just the same time as my Ignatius retreat was leading me deeper to discern a call to action.

Could it be that in this year of Faith and new evangelization that God would lead me to IPS and a vocation to heal? I said yes, here I am, proud to serve.   

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