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Operation Thank a Vet

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For his senior project, local high school student Carson Caya recently provided twenty “go bags” to the emergency department. He used his own money and resources to assemble 20 drawstring bags filled with necessities like blankets, trail mix, beef jerky, body wipes and lip balm. Dr. Jeffrey Mika provided Carson with toothbrushes and toothpaste to include in the bags.

Carson, who is calling his project Operation Thank a Vet, explains, “I was raised to be a proud American and to honor and respect our country and the men and women who have served. I realized that not every vet has the perfect homecoming and PTSD and homelessness is a problem after our heroes return home. I know that many of our vets visit the emergency room and I want them to leave with something to let them know that they are appreciated, they are not alone, and to thank them for their service.”

In each bag, Carson also included a note to thank the recipient for their service. Thank you, Carson, for your thoughtful gift. You are making a difference in the lives of veterans and we are so proud! It is people like you who make our community great!