Seeing Army nurses at work in Iraq not only inspired Rory Tedrick to pursue a career in nursing but also directed him to serve a specific population — veterans.

Now a full-time nurse at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a part-time graduate student at the University of Delaware, Tedrick recently received the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary’s Award for Nursing Excellence.

The award — covering VA Integrated Service Network 4, which encompasses all VA facilities in Pennsylvania and Delaware and one in West Virginia — is one of the highest honors bestowed upon VA nurses.

“I always wanted to work at a VA hospital,” says Tedrick.  “Ever since I served in Iraq, I’ve felt drawn to help vets. For me, everything about the job is focused on thanking these men and women for serving our country.”

And Tedrick thanks them with everything he does — not only providing them with top-notch care but also improving their overall quality of life. Read the full article on UDaily.