Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Honor Flight Medical Team)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY  -     They're in their golden years and some are in frail health.

When Honor Flight 8 took off for the nation's capital with these heroes, on board, we had the Angels in our Midst.

Allen McLeod, Honor Flight Medical Team;  This is my seventh trip.
It's the second stint for Dr. Morris Simhachalam.  

Dr. Morris Simhachalam, Volunteer Flight Doctor;  In my former practice doing primary care, I had a lot of veterans who were my patients.  They were very special, they won my heart.

Now he's a Sacred Heart Urgent Care physician.  Allen McLeod is a Baptist Health Care Respiratory Therapist.  They're the volunteer team providing care for 100 veterans; the youngest, 81; the oldest, 94.
 
Allen McLeod, RT;  These people left their homes and their families, some of them at a very young age, 14 and 15 years old, to go and fight for this country.
    
Allen;  This is by far the greatest generation.
A generation that saw a lot and gave even more.  Their experiences fill volumes of history books.  The well-being of these treasures is an awesome responsibility entrusted to this medical team.

Allen McLeod, RT;  Well, that's just part of it.  I was ripping and running this morning but I wouldn't take anything for it.  I love it.

Their service does come with its own rewards; the chance to walk among legends.
Dr. Morris Simhachalam, Flight Doctor;  It's amazing the things that they went through.  They laugh about it now and we shiver when we hear the stories.  And that's what makes them so special.

Allen McLeod, RT;  A husband and wife that was a part of Pearl Harbor.  They stood under the Pearl Harbor here at the memorial and both of them in tears telling their story.  And I was in tears with them the whole time.

Tears shed over sacrifices of their comrades who never had the chance to make this journey to see their memorial; debt a grateful nation will always owe.

Dr. Morris Simhachalam, Volunteer Flight Doctor;  The least I can do is to spend time with these folks and to give what I can.  When I was not there, they fought for my freedom and I'm here to repay what I can.

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.Angels in our Midst (Honor Flight Medical Team)


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