Friends of SOMOS

Advances in medical care and improvements in body and vehicle armor have increased the rate of survival of injured soldiers – from 74.6% in the Vietnam War to 90.4% in Iraq. That’s where our military orthopaedic surgeons come in. Those who survive are likely to suffer from traumatic orthopaedic injuries and need the most up-to-date care available.

We must be careful not to forget our wounded warriors and the long recovery and multiple surgeries they face at home. With severe injuries, lost or crushed limbs, and required reconstructions, their recovery is measured not in months, but in years and they depend on the knowledge and skill of military orthopaedic surgeons to ensure their needs are met; to ensure they are receiving the most up-to-date and effective care. The need for continuing extraordinary orthopaedic care remains – and our military orthopaedic surgeons need your help.

The Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting serves as the premier forum for exchange of critical medical information to facilitate care of our country’s wounded warriors but recent DoD funding cuts have made attendance a financial hardship for our military orthopaedic brethren. Meetings like the SOMOS Annual Meeting are critical to the shared knowledge and advanced patient care that our wounded warriors need to receive from our military surgeons.

Please show your gratitude and support by becoming a Friend of SOMOS and assuring their continued attendance at collaborative meetings that provide potentially life and limb saving knowledge.