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Covenant Medical Center honors fallen soldier at Veteran's Day event

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Covenant Medical Center held it's annual Veterans Day celebration today.

Covenant's Chief Medical Officer and U.S. Air Force veteran Robert Salem, who spoke at the even, told a story about a letter he received from a man in Tuscan, Arizona this past Father's day.

In the letter, The man thanked Salem for the actions of his uncle who died during the Battle of the Bulge. Salem's uncle had saved the man's father who was eventually able to return home safely. Unfortunately, like Salem's uncle many others never returned home. 

Covenant's Operation Military Appreciation Committee created the "Featured Fighter" program to honor the service of caregivers and their family members who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep so many others safe. This year they chose to honor Israel Garza who was killed in Iraq in 2004. Garza, a Lubbock native is survived by his wife and two sons. 

The program lets family members fill a case in the hospital with military mementos left behind by their loved ones. Garza's wife, Lupita filled the case with photos, uniform patches and other items to honor her fallen husband.

Salem spoke about why it is important to make sure veterans receive the recognition they deserve. 

"I began early on to appreciate the American way of life our ideals and the many conveniences that we enjoy that other people don't have." Salem explained. "It's in part because of the military. They have worked and provided us with all the man power to maintain our freedoms and our values." 



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