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Purple Heart Medal, STL Cardinals, and
STL Rams Presentation, 20 Sep 2007
 
(Below photos taken during my presentations to the Aeromedical Staging Flight [ASF] for permanent display in their facility).
 
The 375th Medical Group Spouses Club received the STL Cardinals and Rams cuttings [my patterns] for mounting in a patient room they renovated with a sports theme [I'd been waiting almost a year for someone to do a sports theme!].  Mrs. Angie Peters, [spouse of Colonel Pete Peters, 375th Medical Group deputy commander], was lead project manager on this renovation.
 
16 [of 17 total] patient rooms have been adopted by units across Scott AFB, IL, and renovated [complete or in-progress] with new paint, wainscoting trim, artwork, quilts, lamps, furniture, etc to make our war-wounded patients feel more at home.  Currently, only one room is without a sponsor, and the ASF is actively seeking and waiting for responses from potential sponsors.  Three common areas [Internet Cafe, lobby, and pool table area] could also use additional work [except for the Internet Cafe, which is where the "Land That I Love" art mural is located].
 
The ASF adopt-a-room program has made a huge difference in the comfort of our returning, injured military members.  Most of them remark that the rooms "feel like home" and the atmosphere helps them relax, and realize they are in a safe haven.
 
The Purple Heart Medal presentation was to Lt Col Terry Prizer, ASF Flight Commander / 375th Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS) deputy commander.  This was a special cut for me, and something I had coordinated with Lt Col Prizer a few weeks back.  I was a bit worried that it might not be appropriate since all of the ASF's patients have or will receive this medal, and I didn't want them reminded of their injuries .  She assured me that it would be fine, and that many of her patients actually wore their miniature Purple Heart medals on their hospital gowns / clothing.  I only plan on cutting 10 of these max, and the ASF has #1 (first edition).  The pattern is by Gayle Mortenson, who helped me out in a pinch since I am about to transfer to FL next week.  I provided her the graphic [from AF Link] and she took care of business ASAP--thanks Gayle!
 
The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President, to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after 5 Apr 1917 with the U.S military.  For a complete history of this decoration, please check out this article on Wikipedia.
 
Also present were Lt Col Gregory Durand, 375 AMDS Commander, Colonel Pete Peters, and SMSgt Martin Schelling, 375 AMDS Superintendent.   
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