Friends of the Uniformed Services University Initiatives

The Friends of the Uniformed Services University, Inc. is engaged in a variety of initiatives designed to:

• Support the mission of the Uniformed Services University: “Caring for those in harm’s way”

• Promote and encourage recruitment of our nation’s talented and intelligent future physicians and nurses for the Uniformed Services University

• Increase public awareness of the contribution medical personnel make to the U.S. and to our country


Fighting for Life

The reality drama feature film “Fighting for Life” is the first initiative of the Friends of the Uniformed Services University. More

The Academy Award-winning team of Terry Sanders and Frieda Mock created the film, which examines military medicine, the Uniformed Services University and the role of medical personnel currently serving in the U.S. military around the world.

The film, now distributed through the Public Television System, aims to:

• Promote USU’s role in educating military physicians, nurses and the graduate students (both civilian and military)

• Recruit students into USU and the military medical professions

• Tell the story of USU graduates, physicians and nurses saving the lives of our nation’s troops, who are in battle or facing life-threatening diseases

• Give comfort and support to the U.S. armed forces fighting to protect the country

• Describe the mission and story of military medicine, its nurses and physicians, which is health; healing, hope and humanism.

Film Description

The opening of "Fighting For Life" shows footage of military medical personnel working in harrowing combat situations. It illustrates their dedication and skill as they attend to wounded personnel within the first hour, or “Golden Hour,” as it is known.

The film is an exciting and eye-opening journey; a cinematic portrait of this extraordinary, vital, yet little-known institution, which finds its inspirational roots in 1804 when a Navy surgeon, Dr. Lewis Heerman, volunteered to go into harm's way. He famously replied, "My life is not more valuable than that of any other. My presence might save lives, and will not sailors more regardlessly expose themselves when they know aid is near at hand."

The film shows USU’s emphasis on preventive medicine and its contributions to research and technologies that benefit civilian and military medicine alike.