Saturday, November 7, 2009

PhotoHunt - Veterans

Arlington Cemetery from USAF Memorial, February 16, 2008

When I saw the PhotoHunt theme for this week, I knew that I wanted to recognize the men and women who have served in combat to protect us over the years. I also wanted to recognize one particular veteran of Iraq who is near and dear to me. Though I did not serve in the Armed Services, my work over the years has often been in support of the US military. The first two images are of Arlington National Cemetery. What looks like show through the middle of the above image are the 300,000 headstones. Approximately 28 funerals a day are conducted at Arlington. Some are veterans of WW II, Korea and Vietnam; others are veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Section of Arlington Cemetery, May 30, 2004

My oldest daughter is the individual I want to recognize. During her freshman year of college, she called me and said "Dad, I got an ROTC scholarship." She wanted to be a doctor so when filling out the Army paper work her senior year, she wrote "medical" as her preference. Army Personnel wrote back with "signal." After serving her required four years as a Signal Corps officer, she took the admission tests and was accepted at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Upon graduation and completion of her internship, she served as medical officer in Korea and then entered surgical residency. She also completed a vascular surgery fellowship. During this time most of her patients were retired military. In January 2004 she deployed with the 31-st Combat Support Hospital to Ibn Sina Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq. During this time the team treated US and coalition wounded, Iraqi civilians and enemy prisoners.

Promotion to LTC atop Ibn Sina Hospital. October 23, 2004
photograph by member of 31-st CSH

Upon her return we had a family reunion in Hershey, PA. (She wanted chocolate! It doesn't survive the heat in Iraq!)

Reunion with Dad, Hershey, PA December 4, 2004
photo by Marianne

Since returning from Iraq, her work has focused on the wounded warriors, first at Fort Sam Houston and now at Fort Hood. The shootings Thursday at Fort Hood are tragic, especially since the shooter was one who had dedicated his life to helping others. We were able to talk to her briefly after the first news here and learned that she is okay but very busy. Last night I reread the journal she kept while in Iraq. I was reminded again how much our soldiers have sacrificed and the complete dedication of the medical professionals who care for the wounded. The person who committed the terrible acts Thursday is an aberration.

Ginny, I am so proud of you and I thank you for the service you and your colleagues have given and are giving to our country.


ShutterHappyJenn said...

A salute to your daughter and all the men and women who served in the military.

I joined photo hunt, too, and my post is up HERE. Please do visit if you have the time. Thanks!

Ordinary Biscuit said...

Keep it up, hope that she'll continue to serve the country, she is one noble soldier indeed.

kaye said...

what a nice tribute to your daughter. Arlington does tend to take ones breath away.

luna miranda said...

what an amazing daughter you have. i love the photos. thanks for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Been there!!!! And we also walked way over yonder and found the Iwo Jima Memorial Statue too.

One of MY favorite Veterans is on my post this week. Come see him if you have some time.
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chubskulit said...

Thanks for your daughter's services!

Check out my husband's 20 years in the navy. Have a great weekend!

Joops said...

Its good to look back of what our heroes have done to defend and liberate us.

Take a look at my HERO

Lisa said...

Your tribute brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you for sharing your love and your pride in your daughter and her service in the world.