Sheri Stern, RN, MSN, CRNP, APRN, a nurse practitioner/psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the VA Maryland Health Care System, was honored with the Jacqueline Lanier Service Award on Feb. 16 by the National Association for Black Veterans. Of the 12 individuals honored with an award at NABVETs 2013 Annual Buffalo Soldiers Awards Banquet, Stern was the sole nonveteran to receive the honor, according to a news release.
She was presented with a citation from Marylands Gov. Martin OMalley “in recognition of [her] commitment and extraordinary services for the care and rehabilitation of combat veterans and advocacy for their needs,” according to the release.
Stern, along with other volunteers, was instrumental in creating the first Baltimore City Veterans Day Parade in 2010, which has now become an annual addition to the Baltimore City Veterans Commissions Veterans Day ceremony. The parade, along with the care she provides and the educational/therapeutic trips shes developed to serve veterans in the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program since 2007 at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, is her legacy, according to the release.