Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sad news

This is sad news for a nurse - and for the daughter of an Army nurse in WWII

"Army Nurse Killed in Combat
A popular Army nurse who volunteered for duty in the combat zone in Iraq has died from injuries suffered in a mortar attack on July 10,2007. The attack took place in Bagdad's "Green Zone." Army Captain Maria I Ortiz was 40 years old. She was born in Pennsauken, NJ and raised in Puerto Rico. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Capt. Ortiz is the first Army nurse to be killed in combat since Vietnam. Prior to serving in Iraq, Capt. Ortiz served at an Army health clinic in Maryland. She has also served at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. It is rumored that a part of the new Walter Reed Medical Center will be named for Ortiz and other nurses who have participated in combat zones and given of their lives."

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