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April 17, 2003

Albany--  25 employees at Phoebe Putney Hospital have loved ones at war. In a special ceremony to recognize these people, the hospital gave each a Blue Star Flag--an historic flag that symbolizes honor and pride in the troops.  This gesture brought one soldier's mother to tears.

Patricia Jolley's son, Brandon, is in Baghdad right now, "We are proud of him."

The Blue Star Flag she, and 25 other Phoebe Putney Hospital employees were given, symbolizes that kind of pride. But Jolley's pride in her son is mixed with sadness, "It's tough on us, it would be easier if we could just hear his voice then we'd be okay."

Jolley just got a letter from her son on Friday--dated three weeks earlier, "It said he hated sand, he wanted soap and some alcohol, that's the rubbing kind."

Brandon is the family clown--and Jolley says his fun-loving spirit will be missed at his younger brother's high school graduation next month, "Brandon won't be here for Cameron's graduation. Dad's not hear to smooth out the hard part, and share these special times, I'm sorry."

Jolley is getting lots of support from other Phoebe employees whose kids are at war. But, getting the blue star flag lets her know others care too, "I appreciate everyone that put all this work into this and they are showing us that we matter and that what are children are doing is making a difference."

Private First Class Brandon Jolley serves in the maintaneance unit in Baghad. He turns 21 on Tuesday.

Posted at 6:29 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com