This Veterans Day, the AANA thanks our nation’s veterans for their service and honors their sacrifices. The AANA also recognizes our military CRNAs, who are the primary providers of anesthesia care in the U.S. military and often the sole providers of anesthesia in austere environments.
Since before World War I, CRNAs have provided courageous, excellent care for soldiers and veterans under the most difficult circumstances. CRNAs have full practice authority in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and are the predominant provider of anesthesia on forward surgical teams and combat support hospitals, where CRNAs staff 90 percent of forward surgical teams. Out of almost 60,000 CRNAs, 5% serve in the military, and 2,000 CRNAs provide care in VA healthcare facilities. Read the AANA press release.