MGH veterans were celebrated and thanked Nov. 12 during the annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The breakfast – which opened with the national anthem and a Veterans Day prayer – welcomed MGH employees who have served in the military or who have an immediate family member who has served.

“Being in the military, or a member of a military family, does not come without sacrifice,” said Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources. “Uncertainty, fear and time away from loved ones are constant and upon return, many experience stresses as they try to reintegrate into the lives they left here at home.”

Another way the hospital supports veterans is through the MGH Military Veteran Partners group, which is open to all MGH employees. Formed four years ago, the group plans a number of activities to support active duty military members and their families.

“We hope you feel at home here at the MGH and today’s breakfast is a very small token of the hospital’s appreciation for the sacrifices you and your families have made to protect the freedom we enjoy here in the United States,” said Davis.

Though Veterans Day occurs just once a year, the gratitude for everything they do lives on year-round. Visit the MGH intranet at to share a note of thanks and read messages from hospital staff thanking its veterans.

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