KEARNEY — More than 200 members of the staff at the Platte Valley Medical Group wore their hearts on their sleeves in honor of Veterans’ Day Friday. They wore special navy blue T-shirts they had designed to thank military veterans for their service.
“We just wanted to show our support for the military. We have a lot of older veterans as patients, and we wanted to thank them for their service,” said Andrea Eastman, who designed the shirt.
The shirts were the brainchild of PVMG’s 10-member Morale Is Our Business board, a group of employees who plan fundraising and special events “to keep employees happy,” Eastman, an MOB member, said. They came up with the idea shortly before Memorial Day.
The shirts have the PVMC and Kearney Regional Medical Center logo on the front. On the left sleeve is a heart. On the back are the words, “To those who served, we honor you.” Under that, five stars represent the five branches of the U.S. military.
More than 200 employees ordered the shirts at $12.50 for a crewneck and $16 for a V-neck. The shirts were produced at 24-Hour Tees in Kearney. On Friday, all T-shirt owners wore them to honor veterans.
The MOB has honored veterans in other ways this year. In June, they held a spaghetti feed. MOB members made pasta at home and added donated hamburger and spaghetti sauce in hospital kitchens. Tickets were $5.
They also had a jeans drive, where employees wore jeans to work in exchange for $5 donations. They also received a patriotic pen.
On July 4, the group hung a memorial to veterans in the medical building’s atrium. Staff members who served in the military, and their families, were invited to display pictures and stories of their military service.
These events collectively raised $480, which MOB donated to the Veterans’ Memorial Wall planned at the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home being built in Kearney.
Eastman, the certified medical assistant to Dr. William Vosik at PVMG, said: “We wanted to let veterans know how much their military service means to us.”