ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital is working to recruit more veterans and provide them with new ways to serve in South Georgia.
Gabriel Lord is Phoebe's Learning and Development Manager. He said the hospital has around 140 self-identified veterans.
"People are here saving lives every day. But then just to have that added on top, people that have saved lives in the military and then coming here to do the same thing. It fascinates me," Lord told WALB News 10.
Lord knows what it's like to be a veteran, because he is one. He served in the U.S. Army for nine years.
In fact, before leaving the military, Lord was sent to Albany to help with recruitment.
"My family and I fell in love with the area and we concluded that this was a place where we could make a difference. So, the time came to leave the military and to focus here in Southwest Georgia," Lord said.
More veterans could be joining Lord at Phoebe thanks to its new veteran group.
The new group, recently formed by the hospital, consists of two components: the Veterans Advisory Board and the Military Veterans of Phoebe.
The Veterans Advisory Board will help Phoebe's leadership team when it comes to recruiting veterans, helping them with their transition from military life to the civilian world.
"These are people that have sacrificed a great deal, in many cases. And for them to come back here and to serve in a field like healthcare, it's a big deal. It matters.," Lord said.
Lord said a majority of veterans want to continue serving long after they leave the military. The Military Veterans of Phoebe will provide support, network, and service opportunities to those veterans looking to do more.
"This is one of those opportunities for us to offer those opportunities to serve and to continue to serve with a purpose," Lord said.
Right now, the group is looking to form stronger partnerships with other area veteran organizations.
If you'd like to learn more about the group or would like to form a partnership, email Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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