2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division brighten young patients
By Joe Olvera ©, 2012
The fierce winds that buffeted El Paso on Saturday, April 14, forced the cancellation of the “Touch a Tank, Thank a Soldier,” that was supposed to take place on that special day. Slated to take place at the Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence, the event was postponed until the fall. However, soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division still were able to visit with young patients at the Children’s Hospital at Providence, 2001 N. Oregon Street. At a “meet and greet,” the soldiers provided the children with giveaways, a dog-tag station, story-telling, and the sharing of experiences, and face painting.
The visit from the Brigade helped to boost the children’s morale, brought a smile to their faces, and taught them the importance of the service the nation’s military provides. A special thanks goes out to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Association and the Association of the United States Army-Bradley Chapter for their efforts in working to bring the “Touch A Tank, Thank a Soldier,” to the children – albeit an effort that had to be cancelled. Despite the weather, however, the children were still able to meet military men and women on a personal basis.
John Harris, chief operating officer of Providence Memorial Hospital and president of Sierra Providence Health Network, said: “It is an honor to collaborate with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division to help our patients heal. Events such as these brighten up their days and provide them with a unique experience that makes them feel special. We look forward to the fall when we’ll be able to bring military vehicles on site as previously planned.”