U.S. soldier visits St. Camillus to express gratitude

The St. Camillus Veteran's Club learned of a young man named John Martin, who is currently serving in the army and was recently stationed in Afghanistan. The Club wanted to express their deep appreciation to him and his fellow soldiers so they spent weeks collecting personal care items, and more importantly individual letters of praise and encouragement. The soldiers were touched by the veteran's generosity and wished to express their sincere gratitude by giving their club a special gift.

Upon John's return home, one of the first things he did was make a special stop at St. Camillus to thank the vets for their generous donations. John's group took a number of aerial and ground photographs during their missions overseas and displayed them in a slide show presentation.

Members of the Veteran's Club could visibly see the American Flag prominently placed in the window of the Medivac helicopter that was used in over 37 rescue and assist operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the slide show presentation, John presented the flag to the St. Camillus Vets, as a symbol of honoring their fellow soldiers who demonstrate bravery and patriotism in combat today and in the past.

John Martin is the son of Lidge Kelly, LPN Clinical Instructor at St. Camillus. Martin is extremely proud to be a soldier, and is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers and currently serving with his cousins.

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