Trinity Health Veterans Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring the men and women who have nobly given their lives for our country.

“It is a day to remember those who paid for all of our freedoms with their lives,” said Chris G. Briggs, PA-C, at Trinity Health Medical Group Primary Care Norton Shores and a U.S. Army veteran. “It’s about the people who aren’t here anymore. It is a day to remember the selflessness of others. Of all the Army values I hold most important, it is that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Serving others is the greatest of the things we can do.”

Chris Briggs, PA-C while serving in the U.S. Army prior to his career with Trinity Health.

Many of our Trinity Health colleagues and patients are veterans and the reasons they chose to serve range from having a servant’s heart, having the desire to do something for the good of their country, or to follow in the footsteps of a friend or family member whom they remember and honor.

For Trinity Health Saint Mary’s Screening Supervisor/Simulation Specialist, Jeff Trosper, the decision to join the U.S. Army was sparked by his grandfather and brother’s call to duty. 

“My grandfather served in World War II and eventually lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge,” said Trosper.  “I am proud of my family’s service to our great country and know that our service provided safety and security to this great nation. Enlisting in the military was by far the best decision I have ever made, and I am very proud to have served.”

John Foss, Trinity Health Shelby vice president of operations, also was inspired to join the military because of family members who served before him.

“My grandfather was a Marine who served in World War II, my father is a Marine, and four of my uncles served in the Army, Air Force, and Navy — all serving in Vietnam,” said Foss. “My brother currently serves in the Army as a physician’s assistant and has been deployed multiple times to war zones over the past few years. Luckily, none of them lost their lives during service to their country, but our family knew many people who did. Memorial Day makes me reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for each one of us.”

Medics have been caring for American service members on and off the battlefield since the Revolutionary War. At the start of World War I, there were several hundred nurses on active duty. By the end of the war, there were over 20,000, or half of all women who served in the armed forces.

Today, more than 130,000 medical professionals serve in the armed forces, and many go on to medical careers outside of the military – including within our Trinity Health system.

“I completed my Family Medicine residency training at Fort Benning, Georgia, while I was on active duty and then served as Family Medicine Physician for four years taking care of soldiers and their families and retirees,” said Jamie Halverson, MD. “The military provided an opportunity to leave Michigan and see a little more of the world. I received the Health Professions Scholarship Program, which paid for my medical school cost.”

Dr. Halverson works in Family Medicine for Trinity Health Medical Group Primary Care Walker/Standale after serving seven years in the U.S. Army. The life-saving skills she was taught in the military prepared her for saving lives both at home and abroad.

Dr. Jamie Halverson

“I would not be where I am today without the training I received in the military,” said Dr. Halverson.  “Not only did I learn the practice of medicine but also leadership, communication, and management skills.  I was recently flying home from spring break when the flight attendant asked for help from any medical professional on the plane. After serving six months in Iraq, it had prepared me to react and respond to whatever may come through the door. Without hesitation, another physician and I attended to the passenger until the plane landed.”

This upcoming Memorial weekend, the service members who were lucky to come home ask that we all remember that this weekend is not a celebration intended only for barbecues and parades. It’s a time to reflect, remember, and show reverence for those who lost their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

“During the time I served in Iraq, there were soldiers in the units we worked with who were killed in the line of duty,” said Dr. Halverson.  “Those soldiers gave their lives trying to help complete strangers in another country have a better way of living.  Take a few moments on Memorial Day to reach out to a stranger or someone in need.  Do this in honor of those who gave their lives to protect and serve our country.”

1 thought on “<strong>Trinity Health Veterans Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day Weekend</strong>”

  1. My Son
    SGT Adam Ray
    KIA 2/9/10
    A lot of well meaning people say “Happy Memorial Day” Try to remember that it is not a happy day but a day of remembrance of those that sacrificed their lives.
    He did not want to die but was willing too.


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