Navy Veteran, Medical Doctor to Advise Veterans Organization
WINCHESTER, Calif. – Help Hospitalized Veterans, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of America’s veterans and military personnel, today announced that Captain Keith Stuessi, USN (Retired), has joined its board of directors.
Stuessi, a career naval physician, is an expert in traumatic brain injury and currently works with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Stuessi began his naval career as a doctor of family medicine at Naval Hospital Keflavik and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. After a successful tour at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, he returned to Camp Pendleton to become the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship. After a deployment in Afghanistan where he set up the DoD’s first in-theater Concussion Clinic, Stuessi returned to Camp Pendleton where he served as the primary care manager for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West. He finished his 23-year Naval career as the medical director of the Concussion Care Clinic at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
“Keith is a pioneer in the traumatic brain injury field, one of the areas of focus for HHV’s craft therapy,” said Joe McClain, Captain USN (Retired), CEO of Help Hospitalized Veterans. “We believe his expertise in treating veterans will be extremely valuable as HHV continues to help those who have given so much for this nation.”
“During my final tour as director of the Concussion Care Clinic I had the distinct honor of working with HHV to bring craft kits to our active duty personnel who were struggling with post-concussive syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am honored to become a member of the HHV board of directors and help veterans who are struggling and ultimately give back to our military community. ”
Stuessi assumed his role as a board member of HHV on April 6, 2016.
For more than 40 years, HHV has supplied therapeutic Arts and Crafts Kits free of charge to veterans, military personnel and their families. The kits often become a part of the patient’s treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity. Since 1971, Help Hospitalized Veterans has distributed more than 29 million woodworking, leather, models, needlecraft and other kits.