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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Memorial Service Honors 43 Veterans

VA employees

Richard Crockett (left), Associate Medical Center Director, Bonnie Pierce (center), Associate Director for Patient Care Services, and Dr. Thomas Schneider, Chief of Staff, read the names of 43 Veteran patients who passed away during the past six months.

By Nathan Schaeffer
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Each year, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) holds a memorial service in January and July in the hospital auditorium to honor and remember Veteran patients who passed away during the past six months.

On July 29, approximately 125 people filled the standing room only auditorium to honor the lives of 43 Veterans.

Following prayers and sermons from VA Chaplains, JCMVAMC leadership read each Veteran’s name and a Chaplain rang a bell to honor the Veteran.

Friends and family members were also invited to bring a photo of their loved one to share with those in attendance.

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Photos of Veterans

Chaplain Resident Sharyn Cosby said memorial services are an important part of the grieving process.

“Memorial services are important because it gives the family an opportunity to reflect over the life of their loved one,” said Cosby. “While you don’t get complete closure, there is some level of closure each time you reflect and each time you remember.”

Cosby said the memorial service also affirms to each family that their Veteran is not forgotten.

“VA has not forgotten their loved one,” said Cosby. “It is an honor for us to care and serve the Veteran and their family.”

Army Veteran Brian Camp was one of those remembered that day by his wife, sister, mother and mother-in-law who drove from Tulsa to attend. Camp served in the Army in the 1980s as a nuclear warhead specialist.

Barbara Holman, his mother, said it was important for the women to attend the service to honor Brian whose life was cut short at the age of 54 in an accident.

Four women

Barbara Holman (top left), mother, Vanna Camp (holding photo), wife, Renee Ryan (top right), sister, and June Andrews, mother-in-law, attended the memorial service to honor Army Veteran Brian Camp.

“Anything we can do to honor Brian, we’d like to do and that’s our main reason for coming,” she said. “I was very proud of him. He was my only son. He was always smiling. He really was proud that he was a Veteran and I’m so happy that he got a lot of good attention from the (VA).”

Renee Ryan, his sister, also said Brian was proud to serve in the Army.

“It was the most memorable thing in his life,” said Ryan. “(At first), he didn’t want to go (to Basic Training). He had apprehensions, but when he got there he loved it.”

Vanna Camp, his wife, also reflected on Brian’s life.

“He was a great guy,” she said. “He was friendly and funny. He could do just about anything and fix just about anything. He’s missed very much.”

The next memorial service will be held on January 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the hospital auditorium.

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