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Unsung Heroes

Health Science Center Heroes: Making a Global Impact

February 2004

by Natalie Gutierrez

"We got him!" Three words made headlines across the globe on Dec. 13. American soldiers had captured Saddam Hussein. And the American soldier was justifiably named Time magazineís "Person of the Year" for defending and dying for our nationís freedom, and for bringing hope to a nation that for decades was choked by a deadly dictatorship.

During the peak of the war, bullets flew through blankets of sand, and shrapnel exploded in blinding darkness. Fatigued and wounded bodies poured into hospitals in Iraq. Fortunately someone was there to care for them.

To the soldiers, the doctors and nurses at their bedside might be faceless heroes. But some of the physicians, nurses and other medical personnel who served and are still serving in Iraq are reservists from the Health Science Center ó people who live and work in San Antonio every day. They are the unsung heroes.

The Health Science Center salutes those mentioned in these accounts and the countless other faculty physicians, staff members and alumni not mentioned here, for lending their skills when America needs them the most and for the courage and service they continue to provide every day.

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