2015 Tillman Scholar

Jackie Munn

Vanderbilt University

“I learned that leadership and service are lifelong endeavors. They do not end when you leave the military.”

Jackie Munn is an Army Brat, West Point graduate, combat veteran, and spouse of a former Green Beret.

Her time in service brought her to Iraq where she managed a supply warehouse that provided more than one million meals and supplies to troops; Washington, D.C., where she cared for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers; and Afghanistan, where she was embedded with Special Forces as a Cultural Support Team leader.

Working with wounded soldiers and vulnerable women and children in Afghanistan had a profound impact on Jackie, and motivated her to pursue a career in the medical field. As a non-medical provider working in Afghan villages and clinics, she witnessed the traumatic toll caused by rampant inaccessibility to healthcare. When she redeployed to Walter Reed, she saw the first-hand benefits of working on interdisciplinary teams that strived to provide wholistic care for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers. These experiences led her to pursue a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her two year program, she earned her license as a registered nurse, followed by becoming a board certified family nurse practitioner.

Jackie’s passion for healthcare is rooted in providing empathetic care to predominately underserved and vulnerable populations. She believes that everyone deserves access to quality and affordable healthcare, and as a provider, it is her responsibility to partner with her patients and community to achieve the best health outcomes for those she serves.