Another Front in the COVID Fight
Kiplinger's Personal Finance|May 2021
The commander of a National Guard task force says they’re filling gaps in the health care system.
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PROFILE

WHO: Col. Tom Leeper, M.D., age 58

WHAT: State surgeon for the Arizona Army National Guard

WHERE: Gilbert, Ariz.

What is your role with the National Guard? Typically, I serve part-time as state surgeon for the Arizona Army National Guard and work full-time for the Veterans Health Administration hospital system in the emergency department at the Phoenix VA. But last March, I was designated commander of the medical joint task force, Task Force Med, in response to the pandemic. We took soldiers and airmen from the National Guard and made a composite unit, mostly of medical professionals. And we’ve been going nonstop ever since.

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