I was moved and proud to read all of the Veterans Day-themed articles Nov. 11. I truly appreciate the positive nature of the coverage, but long for continuing support from The Augusta Chronicle.
I am an active-duty physician stationed at Fort Gordon. I have worked at Eisenhower Army Medical Center for the past six years, during which I have been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice. As a veteran, the coverage The Chronicle gave Nov. 11 is well-received and very heart-warming. However, that needs to continue.
Right now, members of this community are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other distant locales. Family members who remain home face trials and tribulations daily. The community needs frequent reminders of the sacrifices their neighbors are making. I often ask myself: What is the broad impact of some of the local stories in the paper? Both individual tragedies and triumphs are experienced in our community and at times receive wide coverage.
Yet, are there far-reaching consequences for those individual events? Similar events happen daily at Fort Gordon and beyond – occurrences to brave soldiers who are right now protecting the ideals of this nation. Bringing these stories to the forefront on a regular basis may help motivate our community throughout the year.
Organizations such as the Wounded Warrior
Project and the Fisher House need donations throughout the year. The Fisher House operates on donations only to give families of hospitalized soldiers a proximate place to stay while their family members recover. Locally we have two Fisher Houses to support military families.
As the community continues to read positive stories of their deployed soldier-citizens, I am hopeful they would consider supporting these local noble institutions. Certainly financial support would be beneficial, but the donation of time and talent also is welcome. Making a meal, providing a ride or giving time to volunteer is equally needed.
Each spring the Eisenhower Healthcare Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars to support the Fort Gordon Fisher House. Financial support of this endeavor has slightly waned over the past two years. I challenge the community to maintain their Veterans Day pride and give locally. Knowing that you can help folks in your community, people who make significant sacrifice in support of this country, is a message that should continue throughout the year.
Let’s continue to see positive stories in The Chronicle to motivate each of us to give to these fine local organizations.
Lt. Col. Kepler Davis