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Grant for Veterans and thier families

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The Nightingale nursing scholarship is provided to any person who pursues a nursing career and is a veteran or the relative of a veteran who has served in a foreign war. The grant is in the amount of $10,000 to the college of choice and the recipients must maintain a B+ average in grades.

The idea of the scholarship was conceived by Dr. Dev Brar after listening to a soldier who called into a local radio program. Dr. Brar was so moved by the comments of the young man that he decided he and his company must do more to honor the people who give so sacrificially to these United States. The following article tells the story of the scholarship, which to date has been awarded to six students pursuing nursing careers.

One Memorial Day, I was driving on highway 5 when I heard an interview on the radio with a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War. He said, "People have made a mockery of Memorial Day by having cookouts and parties. They have forgotten what the soldiers have gone through and are still going through. They have not seen their buddy disintegrate in front of their eyes, as I have, when a chemical grenade hit him. I picture those soldiers who fought by my side and protected my back. I picture them fighting for a cause, that was sometimes very blurry. I am sickened by the way people have turned Memorial Day into a vacation day or just a day to get drunk. I am not asking people to stop having fun. All I am saying is that on Memorial Day, at least, they should have their thoughts and activities centered on those who so unselfishly gave their lives for them."

I could not agree more with the thoughts that were expressed so eloquently by this brave veteran.

His speech started me thinking that I should do more than what I do to memorialize this day and honor our military personnel, both personally and as a as a company. My thoughts led me to offer financial help to the families of veterans who have served in active duty during any of the wars. Any veteran or family member of a veteran who experienced injury in any way, or a family who lost a loved one in military service can enroll for a grant of $10,000 to attend nursing school.

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