Every Nov. 11, the United States honors those who served in the military with a day to commemorate their service: Veterans Day.
At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, we salute the veterans who bring their valuable experience and knowledge to our university as faculty, staff and students. This week, we will recognize some of those individuals. We thank all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Army veteran Rebecca Flowers is finishing her third semester in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Flowers was inspired to join the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The memories that stick out for Flowers during her 11-year Army career, in which she achieved the rank of staff sergeant, are the camaraderie and experiences she had with her fellow soldiers.
The years of military service helped her build important life skills, including a strong attention to detail and the confidence “in my own ability to accomplish anything I intend to do,” Flowers said.
Flowers would like the community to keep veterans in mind as some of them struggle with mental health issues.
“The rate of suicide in our veteran and active duty population is staggering,” Flowers said. “We as professionals and community members need to be aware of the unique challenges facing veterans and do everything in our power to get them the assistance they need. We need to be as determined to serve them as they were to serve us.”