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Tea time for female veterans

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Retired Colonel Judy Mosbey served her country faithfully during World War II. This week, the staff at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home served her.

What was on the menu? Hot tea, finger sandwiches and cake.

“No men are allowed,” said Georgia War’s Activities Coordinator Kimberly Thomas. “This is one event that we do exclusively for our female veterans to thank them for all they’ve done for us.”

That meant Associate Director Carlton Deese wasn’t supposed to be there, but he only stopped by for a couple of minutes to chat with the residents and take a little friendly ribbing from one of the ladies.

Deese said there are approximately 154 veterans currently living at the nursing home; however, only about a dozen of them are women. That’s why singling them out with special events like the Ladies’ Tea is so important.

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Judy Mosbey, stirring her tea, was a flight instructor in the Air Force.

Mosbey wore a lavender hat and scarf for the occasion. The former flight instructor served in the Air Force for nearly 30 years, alongside her husband, who was also a pilot. Seventy-five-year-old Mosbey said that back when she enlisted, she realized that she should learn to fly, too, so that she could keep up with him.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program was created in August 1943, because of a shortage of male pilots in World War II, according to the Women of World War II website. These female civilian pilots served under military command and flew planes within the U.S., to free up male combat pilots for overseas duty. They had the privileges of officers, but were never formally adopted into the Army Air Force. However, in November 1977, President Carter signed a bill granting WWII veterans’ status for former WASPs.

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Vera Molini said she served in the Navy.

Sipping tea at the table on Mosbey’s left and draped in a yellow floral scarf was Vera Molini, 93, who served in the Navy. The WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) program was created in August 1942 in response to the need for additional military personnel during World War II. From the very beginning, the WAVES were an official part of the Navy, and its members held the same rank and ratings as male personnel.

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Activities Director Kimberly Thomas pours hot water in Pauline Walker’s tea cup.

Pauline Walker, 82, was clothed in shades of red, which included a garnet-colored carnation headband and a crimson shirt and scarf. Walker served as a secretary in the Army during the war.

Perhaps the most articulate of the ladies at the tea party was Ruby Kleinrath, 93. Army Nurse Corps veterans like Kleinrath worked close to the front lines in WW II, serving in field hospitals and evacuation hospitals, on hospital trains and ships, and as flight nurses on medical transport planes. The skill and dedication of these nurses contributed to lower post-injury mortality rates among American military forces in every theater of the war, according to the website.

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Ruby Kleinrath, 93, waits for her tea to be stirred.

In all, nine veterans were gathered around the table in the first-floor cafeteria for the Ladies’ Tea on Sept. 23. Organizers piped in music from the 1940s and ’50s through a CD player to create a more nostalgic event. They also helped each resident create fall decorations for their doors, by attaching autumn leaves and miniature scarecrows to grapevine wreaths.

The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, or what many refer to fondly as the “Blue Goose,” is a 192-bed skilled nursing facility owned by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and operated by Georgia Regents University. Throughout its 45-year history of serving the veteran community, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every veteran patient are met.

The home was recently ranked in the nation’s top 15 percent of senior health care providers for patient satisfaction by Pinnacle Quality Insight.

Veteran turns 100, celebrates life, America

He may have been born in Italy, but World War II veteran Dante Antonacci – who turns 100 today – lives and breathes red, white and blue.

“America is the best place in the world to live,” said Antonacci from his small room in the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home. “We take our freedom for granted, but there are so many opportunities here.”

Antonacci’s family fled his Italian homeland in 1925 to escape the fascism that was gaining momentum. He recalls many days at sea and several stops along the way aboard the Leonardo da Vinci when he was just 10 years old.

He quickly learned to speak English, survived the Great Depression and attended Penn State following high school. Antonacci was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after marrying his childhood sweetheart Lida, the mother of his four children.

“She taught me to be an American,” he said.

He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II – as an American – which made him an enemy of former Italian comrades and even his own cousin.

“It was emotional,” Antonacci said. “But I was American all through that.”

His 30th birthday on Aug. 7, 1945, should have been a milestone for him, but it was overshadowed by the dropping of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima the day before.

“We didn’t celebrate my birthday,” he said. “We were thinking about the bombing of Hiroshima. I never thought about having a birthday.”

Then, a second atomic bomb hit Nagasaki two days after Antonacci’s 30th birthday.

“We realized that the war was over after the second bomb went off,” he said. “It was a happy day. Happy day and happy birthday.”

100th birthday party

 The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home staff organized a birthday luncheon for him on the eve of his 100th birthday, serving two Italian specialties – lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs. The meal was topped off with a huge patriotic-colored birthday cake, and his great-grandson Max leading a roomful of family and friends in the “Happy Birthday” song.

When it was his turn to take the microphone during the festivities, Antonacci was overwhelmed with emotions.

He expressed his thanks for his family and all those gathered around him. He was most thankful to be an American, calling the United States “the greatest place on Earth to live.”

Memorial Day Ceremony details

Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will be conducting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Courtyard. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Knight from Fort Gordon will be the guest speaker. In addition, Fort Gordon’s United States Army Signal Corps Band and the Post Ceremonial Detachment Color Guard will participate in the ceremony.

The public is invited to attend.

Contact:  Liz Bodiford (706) 721-2531

Please enjoy this reposting of Memorial Day Memories 2014

Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home ranks in top 15 percent nationally for customer satisfaction

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home has been ranked in the nation’s top 15 percent among senior health care providers for patient satisfaction, earning the 2015 Customer Experience Award™ from Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm.gwvnh

Pinnacle conducts more than 100,000 surveys each year while working with more than 1,500 clients in 47 states to determine how their patients and families evaluate them. Customers gave Georgia War praise in nearly a dozen distinct categories, including cleanliness, safety and security, nursing care, food quality, individual needs, admission process, and overall satisfaction.

“We believe the men and women who have served our country deserve the best care we can provide them, and this award demonstrates our dedication to excellence in patient care. It is truly an honor to be recognized,” said Charles Esposito, Executive Director of Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Throughout its 45-year history of serving the veteran community, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every veteran patient are met. By partnering with Pinnacle to conduct monthly surveys and interviews with patients and families, the organization has been able to measure how effectively it carries out this mission.

“This ongoing feedback helps us gain a better understanding of our patients’ needs and make improvements when necessary,” said Esposito. “We are committed to continuing these efforts for the benefit of our patients and families.”

About Pinnacle Quality Insight
Pinnacle Quality Insight is a satisfaction measurement firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, with more than 18 years of experience in long-term healthcare. Pinnacle, an approved vendor for HH-CAHPS® and Hospice CAHPS®, specializes in phone surveys for the hospice and senior health care industry. For more information, visit pinnacleqi.com.

About Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home
Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home is a skilled nursing care facility owned by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and operated by Georgia Regents University.

Veterans served holiday meals

Anthony Wagner, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration/Chief Business Officer, Georgia Regents University and Health System, and Steven Scott, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Regents Medical Center, representing GRU Senior Leadership, visited the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home and served lunch as a token of their appreciation for the veterans’ service to our country. They were joined by Charles Esposito, Executive Director, and Carlton Deese, Associate Director, both of Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, as well as facility department managers.

Veterans Day events scheduled

Georgia Regents University and its partners will host several Veterans Day events to show support for our troops and what they have done for our country.

The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the courtyard. Col. Brannen C. Cohee, Commander of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon will be the guest speaker.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will also feature Fort Gordon’s U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and Post Ceremonial Detachment Color Guard as well as the Butler High School Drill Team.

The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, operated through an interagency agreement between Georgia Regents University and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, is located at 1101 15th St. For more information, call Karen Yonce at Georgia War at 706-721-2531.

Later that day, GRU’s Office of Military and Veterans Services  will host its annual Veterans Day Barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Hall Towers on the Summerville Campus.  For more information on this event, see the flier below or call Carol Giardina at 706-667-4087.

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Korean War veterans honored at GA War

Bok-ryeol Rhyou, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea hugs Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home resident Alfred Jones as she presents him with a copy of “Korea Reborn.”

Rhyoiu was at the home Aug. 21 to honor Korean War veterans living there and to thank them for their service. Those veterans also received a copy of the book, which was commissioned by the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with the United States, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Military Armistice Agreement.

Copies of the limited edition hardcover printing of the book are available free to Korean War veterans while supplies last. The Department of Veterans Services has a few additional copies of the book, which are available to Korean War veterans or family, and a free e-book edition is available at remembermyservice.com/koreapreview.html.

An estimated 75,000 Georgians served during the Korean War and approximately 58,000 Korean War veterans live in Georgia today.

Gone but not Forgotten: Remembering our military service members

Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home and community members took a moment on Memorial Day to reflect and remember the veterans who have passed away.

Associate Georgia War Director Carlton Deese called out the names of veterans from the Georgia War who died in the past year. The former residents were given a traditional gun salute while the Army Signal Corps Band played “Taps.”

Community leaders Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Fort Gordon’s own Colonel Michael Hildreth, and others also reflected on the special day.

“It is such a poignant day for me, my father being a WWII veteran and having lost him,” Copenhaver said. “I always try to keep at the forefront of my mind that less than one percent volunteer so that we all may enjoy the freedom that they protect.”

Hildreth said this day was particularly special for him.

“As we gather today to reflect on our fallen, let us remember those whom we have lost,” he said. “Let us remember the child who misses her daddy, remember the husband who misses his wife, and the mother who misses her son.”

Hildreth asked that we not let our reflection be merely mental, but use it as a motivation to make our communities a better place.

“If America’s fallen heroes could be with us today, I think they would be happy with our freedom that their sacrifices ensured,” he said. “But they would want us to remember what is important, such as our families and our neighbors.

“We can honor them by stepping forward and giving back to those around us,” he said. “Let them inspire us to action to make our community and our nation a better place.”

In remembrance of Georgia War veterans

  • John Bohler
  • John Cudd
  • James McCorvey
  • Daniel Harris
  • Harry Allred
  • Robert Stoner
  • Harold Mims
  • Rudolph Mayes
  • Robert Boswell
  • Claud Johnson
  • Jerry Dye
  • James Utley
  • Hoyt Higdon
  • Robert Williams
  • Albert Redd
  • Clarence Fulton
  • Charles Jasper
  • Ernest Fuller
  • John Scott
  • Raymond Lindsey
  • George Meals
  • Stuart Prather
  • Claude Pennington
  • Carmen Pisarsky
  • Roy Barrios
  • David Williams
  • John Applewhite
  • Ralph Simons
  • Thomas Street
  • Leo Thieman
  • Clarence Swint
  • William Rambo
  • Hal Clubb
  • Bobby Cheeks
  • Courtney Spratlin
  • William Mulherin
  • Clarence Mooney
  • Ledford Anderson
  • William Carter
  • James Gibson
  • John Gantt
  • James Sizemore
  • Nancy Smith
  • Robert Blount
  • Robert Weathersbee
  • Elijah Arnold
  • Howard Cannon
  • Arthur Clayton
  • Randall Purdy
  • Paul Long
  • Robert Rainaud
  • Harris Barden
  • Samuel Schwartz
  • Robert Dew
  • Alexander Scott

 

Memorial Day memories from residents at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home

They’re called the Greatest Generation – and for good reason. As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to share just a few of the many touching stories of the veterans who fought for our country and now make their homes at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, affectionately known as The Blue Goose. We hope you’ll listen to their memories and appreciate what Memorial Day means to them. GA War, located at 1101 15th St., will honor their sacrifices with its annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the courtyard. The nursing home, which is operated through an interagency agreement between GRU and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, is home to more than 150 of the state’s aged and infirmed veterans.

Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will hold Memorial Day ceremony

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the facility’s courtyard. Col. Michael Hildreth, Deputy Assistant Commandant for the Army National Guard at Fort Gordon, will be the guest speaker.

Fort Gordon’s U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and Post Ceremonial Detachment Color Guard also will be featured.

The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, operated through an interagency agreement between Georgia Regents University and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, is located at 1101 15th St. For more information, call Karen Yonce at 706-721-2531.