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Bosslift Underscores the Commitment of St. Luke’s Military Veteran Employees

The view out the window.

I was a military brat – actually, my brother was the brat, but you get the point – having been born overseas in what was then West Germany at the time while my father served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne division.

Aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk.

We moved a lot, and I have always admired my parents and all the other military families for their resilience, courage, and commitment, in times of war but also through all the other demands of military life. I do think many of my values were forged by watching what my parents did, juggling the demands of a family, frequent moves, and consuming work, as well as the principles my father instilled in me that were ingrained in him through his military service.

Because I so admire our military colleagues, I was thrilled to be able to take part in the 2014 Bosslift program sponsored by the Idaho Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Idaho Air and Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps reserves. Bosslift gives employers a hands-on feel for what military service entails, and this year’s event took place Friday at Boise’s Gowen Field.

Both of my daughters married veterans. My oldest daughter married a tank driver in the U.S. Marines. I had the opportunity to see tanks up close during Bosslift, and got a sense of what my son-in-law had to endure to be able to perform this important role while the tank was stationary and not in combat. I don’t know whether I could have done what he did in the service of our country at a time of war.

My youngest daughter married a Purple Heart recipient who served as a Ranger in the U.S. Army and was later assigned to The Old Guard, the presidential escort service, following recovery from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. I am so proud of both of these fine young men and so appreciative of their service to our country.

The Bosslift program offers a taste of what Guard and Reserve members experience.

St. Luke’s Health System is very grateful to the hundreds of military veterans, reservists, and members of the National Guard who do that same juggling I watched my parents do, managing their military commitments, their family commitments, and their commitments to our patients through their work at so many St. Luke’s locations. I could not be more proud and appreciative of them.

And after spending a day getting a taste of their responsibilities above and beyond their St. Luke’s and other commitments, I’m even more grateful for what they do for all of us. Thank you, St. Luke’s reservists, National Guard members, and other military veterans for your service and your sacrifices!

6 Comments

  • Thank you for sharing your personal connection to our armed services and for recognizing their contribution, service, and sacrifice. Having experienced the Vietnam era and how our veterans were treated, I feel a responsibility to never forget or take for granted what our veterans have given to us all.

  • Well said, Bart! It really is sobering to think of all that our men and women in uniform have sacrificed, whether it be their career development, time with their families, seeing their child born, experiencing their children growing up, the luxuries of our everyday lives (how they live on MREs for as long as they do, I will never understand!), or even their lives. And they do so with great patriotism, honor, and dedication, never complaining.

    We should all remember these individuals, their service, their lives, their sacrifices, and their example, and be proud to have them in our families and in our employ.

    Thanks for your comment!

  • I so appreciate your support of our veterans. This is not only personal to me, as my father was a WWII veteran, but I am so proud of our military and the work they do to keep us safe.
    Thank you for doing this.

  • Thanks, Diana! I appreciate your comment as well as the fact that you are a faithful blog reader and commenter!
    I appreciate your father’s service to our country.

  • Good afternoon, David.
    Thank you for your expression of support for our military veterans and their families. I am retired Army Reserve and my family and I were well supported by St Luke’s when I was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm in the early ’90s. It is great to see the continued commitment. And my personal thanks and appreciation to your parents and your sons-in-law for their service and sacrifice.

  • Hi, Dr. Dorn!

    Thank you so much for your service and the sacrifices you and your family made. I am so proud that St. Luke’s has a long heritage of supporting our men and women in uniform and I am committed to continuing to do so.

    Thanks for your note of appreciation, for all you do for St. Luke’s and our patients, your prior service, and for being a regular blog follower and participant!

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