By Eugene Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Group, Executive Sponsor, Veterans Resource Group
As we celebrate Memorial Day, the members of the TeamHealth Veterans Resource Group would like to take a moment to remember those who have given their lives in military service.
On Monday, May 30, 2022, we observe Memorial Day. While it serves as the unofficial kick-off of summer for many, it is more importantly a day to pause and remember those who, in the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln, “gave their last full measure of devotion,” their very lives, so that we may enjoy freedom.
Commemorating Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice
It is especially meaningful for the hundreds of veterans we serve with at TeamHealth, many of whom have been deployed to combat zones throughout their service. I know on this day they will pause to remember those patients who touched their lives in a special way.
In my case, I will stop, remember and pray for Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Crow, a classmate of mine from Niagara University who died by hostile fire on June 7, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq. Terry was a husband, father and patriot – truly the best of us. He left a successful career in the construction business to volunteer to be deployed, fully knowing the risks he faced. While his story is personal to me, he is but one of thousands who gave their lives in our most recent war.
I am honored to serve as the Executive Sponsor of the Veterans Resource Group, dedicated to the recruitment and support of veterans and their spouses. My nine years as a flight nurse in the United States Air Force were foundational to my personal and professional development – quite literally to who I am today. I know my fellow veterans at TeamHealth feel the same way, and we are happy and proud to continue to serve so many at TeamHealth.
Memorial Day 2022
Please take a few moments over the Memorial Day weekend to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, please say a prayer for them, their family and yourself. The motto of the Wounded Warrior Foundation is, “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” Please make it your personal pledge to never let that happen.